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You have heard me remark (sie haben mich feststellen hören; to remark [rɪ’mɑːk] — anmerken, feststellen) that the strangest and most unique things are very often connected (dass die merkwürdigsten und einmaligsten Dinge sehr oft verbunden sind; unique [juː’niːk]) not with the larger but with the smaller crimes (nicht mit den größeren, sondern den kleineren Verbrechen), and occasionally, indeed (und gelegentlich, tatsächlich; occasionally [ə’keɪʒənəlɪ]), are those where there is room for doubt (gibt es jene, bei denen es Raum für Zweifel gibt; there is — es gibt) whether any positive crime has been committed (ob ein wirkliches Verbrechen begangen wurde; whether [‘wɛðə]; positive [‘pɒzɪtɪv] — positiv, wirklich; commit [kə’mɪt]). As far as I have heard (soweit wie ich gehört habe) it is impossible for me to say (ist es unmöglich für mich zu sagen; impossible [ɪm‘pɒsəb(ə)l]) whether the present case is an instance of crime or not (ob der gegenwärtige Fall ein Umstand des Verbrechens ist = den Umstand des Verbrechens erfüllt oder nicht; present [‚prɛz(ə)nt]; instance [‚ɪnstəns] — Beispiel, Umstand), but the course of events is certainly among the most singular (aber der Ablauf der Ereignisse ist eindeutig unter den einzigartigsten; certainly [‚sɜːt(ə)nlɪ]) that I have ever listened to (denen ich je zugehört habe). Perhaps (vielleicht; perhaps [pə‘hæps]), Mr. Wilson, you would have the great kindness to recommence your narrative (hätten Sie die große Güte, Ihre Erzählung wieder /von vorne/ zu beginnen; recommence [ˌriːkə‘mɛns]).

You have heard me remark that the strangest and most unique things are very often connected not with the larger but with the smaller crimes, and occasionally, indeed, are those where there is room for doubt whether any positive crime has been committed. As far as I have heard it is impossible for me to say whether the present case is an instance of crime or not, but the course of events is certainly among the most singular that I have ever listened to. Perhaps, Mr. Wilson, you would have the great kindness to recommence your narrative.