"I was so terrified that I do not know what I did.
I suppose that I must have rushed past him into my room.
I remember nothing until I found myself lying on my bed trembling all over.
Then I thought of you, Mr. Holmes. I could not live there longer without some advice.
I was frightened of the house, of the man, of the woman, of the servants, even of the child.
They were all horrible to me. If I could only bring you down all would be well.
Of course I might have fled from the house, but my curiosity was almost as strong as my fears.
My mind was soon made up. I would send you a wire.
I put on my hat and cloak, went down to the office, which is about half a mile from the house, and then returned, feeling very much easier.
A horrible doubt came into my mind as I approached the door lest the dog might be loose,
but I remembered that Toller had drunk himself into a state of insensibility that evening,
and I knew that he was the only one in the household who had any influence with the savage creature, or who would venture to set him free.
I slipped in in safety and lay awake half the night in my joy at the thought of seeing you.
I had no difficulty in getting leave to come into Winchester this morning,
but I must be back before three o'clock, for Mr. and Mrs. Rucastle are going on a visit,
and will be away all the evening, so that I must look after the child.
Now I have told you all my adventures, Mr. Holmes,
and I should be very glad if you could tell me what it all means, and, above all, what I should do."