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to tell me something of his own history; sordid enough, though shielded with a reserve I could well understand, for it had to cover not only his failings, but those of a dead friend. Of the final tragedy he was at first especially loath to speak; and it was only gradually that I was able to piece together the narrative of the preceding pages. Saunders was reluctant to draw any conclusions. At one time he thought that the fingered beast had been animated by the spirit of Sigismund Borlsover, a sinister eighteenth-century ancestor, who, according to legend, built and worshipped in the ugly pagan temple that overlooked the lake. At another time Saunders believed the spirit to belong to a man whom Eustace had once employed as a laboratory assistant, `a black-haired, spiteful little brute,' he said, `who died cursing his doctor, because the fellow couldn't help him to live to settle some paltry score with Borlsover.'
From the point of view of direct contemporary evidence, Saunders's story is practically uncorroborated. All the letters mentioned in the narrative were destroyed, with the exception of the last note which Eustace received, or rather which he would have received, had not Saunders intercepted it. That I have seen myself. The handwriting was thin and shaky, the handwriting of an old man. I remember the Greek `e' was used in `appointment.' A little thing that amused me at the time was that Saunders seemed to keep the note pressed between the pages of his Bible.
I had seen Adrian Borlsover once. Saunders I learnt to know well. It was by chance, however, and not by design, that I met a third person of the story, Morton, the butler. Saunders and I were walking in the Zoological Gardens one Sunday afternoon, when he called my attention to an old man who was standing before the door of the Reptile House.
`Why, Morton,' he said, clapping him on the back, `how is the world treating you?'
`Poorly, Mr. Saunders,' said the old fellow, though his face lighted up at the greeting. `The winters drag terribly nowadays. There don't seem no summers or springs.'
`You haven't found what you were looking for, I suppose?'

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`No, sir, not yet; but I shall some day. I always told them that Mr. Borlsover kept some queer animals.'
`And what is he looking for?' I asked, when we had parted from him.
`A beast with five fingers,' said Saunders. `This afternoon, since he has been in the Reptile House, I suppose it will be a reptile with a hand. Next week it will be a monkey with practically no body. The poor old chap is a born materialist.'

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