The Adventure of the Copper Beeches – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Title : The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Author : Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1892)
Publisher : Project Gutenberg
Edition : Ebook #1661, 12th edition, November 2002

Contents:

  1. A Scandal in Bohemia
  2. The Red-Headed League
  3. A Case of Identity
  4. The Boscombe Valley Mystery
  5. The Five Orange Pips
  6. The Man with the Twisted Lip
  7. The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
  8. The Adventure of the Speckled Band
  9. The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb
  10. The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor
  11. The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet
  12. The Adventure of the Copper Beeches

The Adventure of the Copper Beeches

“ … what do the public, the great unobservant public, who could hardly tell a weaver by his tooth or a compositor by his left thumb, care about the finer shades of analysis and deduction! … I think that I have touched bottom at last, however. …”

Holmes mendapat sebuah kasus yang dirasakannya sepele pada mulanya, saat menerima surat dari Miss Violet Hunter yang hendak meminta nasihat darinya. Namun setelah melihat penampilan dan sikap wanita itu yang meyakinkan, serta mendengar kisahnya, pandangan Holmes berubah.

Miss Hunter ditawari sebuah pekerjaan sebagai pengasuh anak di Copper Beeches, rumah milik Jephro Rucastle, di daerah Hampshire. Mr. Rucastle menawarkan gaji yang jauh lebih besar daripada yang dimintanya, dengan tuntutan pekerjaan yang tidak wajar. Miss Hunter harus menuruti semua perintah Mrs. Rucastle, termasuk jika diminta memakai gaun tertentu, duduk di tempat tertentu, dan—yang hampir ditolak olehnya—memotong pendek rambutnya. Meski agak mencurigakan, Miss Hunter yang sudah terlalu lama menganggur sulit menolak gaji besar tersebut. Miss Hunter pun hendak meyakinkan diri dengan meminta persetujuan Holmes mengenai pekerjaan tersebut.

“I assure you that your little problem promises to be the most interesting which has come my way for some months. There is something distinctly novel about some of the features. If you should find yourself in doubt or in danger—”
“Danger! What danger do you foresee?”
Holmes shook his head gravely. “It would cease to be a danger if we could define it,” said he.

Beberapa waktu kemudian, Holmes mendapat panggilan darurat dari Miss Hunter. Dia dan Watson pun datang ke Winchester untuk menemui kliennya itu. Miss Hunter menceritakan tentang rumah dan majikannya yang misterius, juga situasi mencurigakan di rumah itu. Laki-laki yang mengawasi Copper Beeches dari jendela tempatnya sering duduk, anjing penjaga yang disiagakan setiap malam, sebuah ruangan misterius yang selalu terkunci, juga ancaman Mr. Rucastle pada Miss Hunter saat pengasuhnya terlihat penasaran. Apakah sebenarnya yang disembunyikan oleh keluarga Rucastle? Adakah hubungannya dengan Alice Rucastle, putri mereka yang saat ini berada di Amerika?

“Data! data! data!” he cried impatiently. “I can’t make bricks without clay.”

Salah satu deduksi awal yang disimpulkan oleh Holmes berasal dari keterangan sang pengasuh mengenai sifat anak yang diasuhnya. Hal yang menuntun sang detektif untuk mengenali masalah yang mungkin ada.

“My dear Watson, you as a medical man are continually gaining light as to the tendencies of a child by the study of the parents. Don’t you see that the converse is equally valid. I have frequently gained my first real insight into the character of parents by studying their children.”

Cerpen terakhir dalam kumpulan The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes ini sekaligus menjadi kesimpulan mengenai pandangan Holmes atas publikasi kasusnya oleh Watson. Meski dalam satu dua kesempatan, Holmes juga pernah menyinggung sedikit di cerita-cerita sebelumnya. Keduanya masih kurang sepakat mengenai titik berat apa yang harus dituliskan dalam jurnal Watson.

“You have erred, perhaps,” he observed, taking up a glowing cinder with the tongs and lighting with it the long cherry-wood pipe which was wont to replace his clay when he was in a disputatious rather than a meditative mood—“you have erred perhaps in attempting to put colour and life into each of your statements instead of confining yourself to the task of placing upon record that severe reasoning from cause to effect which is really the only notable feature about the thing.”

“If I claim full justice for my art, it is because it is an impersonal thing—a thing beyond myself. Crime is common. Logic is rare. Therefore it is upon the logic rather than upon the crime that you should dwell. You have degraded what should have been a course of lectures into a series of tales.”

Dalam kisah ini juga ada aksi seru yang dilakukan oleh Holmes dan Watson, demi menyelamatkan beberapa nyawa. Bahaya yang telah diprediksi Holmes sebelumnya, berdasarkan observasi dan deduksinya. Dalam hal ini, sempat terlontar dari mulut sang detektif, betapa apa yang dilihatnya bisa berbeda dari kebanyakan cara orang melihatnya. Mungkin inilah yang disebut intuisi, hingga secara otomatis sebuah pemikiran muncul dari pikiran Holmes yang sangat terlatih.

“Do you know, Watson,” said he, “that it is one of the curses of a mind with a turn like mine that I must look at everything with reference to my own special subject. You look at these scattered houses, and you are impressed by their beauty. I look at them, and the only thought which comes to me is a feeling of their isolation and of the impunity with which crime may be committed there.”

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