But we are bound to exhaust all other hypotheses before falling back upon this one.
I am bound to say that in all the accounts which you have been so good as to give of my own small achievements you have habitually underrated your own abilities.
To my dismay the creature flew straight for the great mire, and my acquaintance never paused for an instant, bounding from tuft to tuft behind it, his green net waving in the air.
But not one word shall they have from me, and I bind you to secrecy also, Dr. Watson.
He did not pause, however, but bounded onward.
With long bounds the huge black creature was leaping down the track, following hard upon the footsteps of our friend.
We moved cautiously along the track as if we were bound for the house, but Holmes halted us when we were about two hundred yards from it.
In that gloomy tunnel it must indeed have been a dreadful sight to see that huge black creature, with its flaming jaws and blazing eyes, bounding after its victim.
No wonder the poor devil of a convict ran and screamed, even as our friend did, and as we ourselves might have done, when he saw such a creature bounding through the darkness of the moor upon his track.