The Adventure of the Speckled Band
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A terrible change came over our stepfather about this time.
He shut himself up in his house and seldom came out save to indulge in ferocious quarrels with whoever might cross his path.
Violence of temper approaching to mania has been hereditary in the men of the family.
I believe, it has been intensified by his long residence in the tropics. A series of disgraceful brawls took place, two of which ended up in the police-court.
Until at last, he became the terror of the village, and the folks would fly at his approach.
For he is a man with immense strength, and absolutely uncontrollable in his anger.
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