The Mystery of the Yellow Room
In Which Rouletabille Sets Out on an Expedition Under the Bed
Rouletabille having pushed open the door of The Yellow Room paused on the threshold
saying, with an emotion which I only later understood, "Ah, the perfume of the lady in
The chamber was dark. Daddy Jacques was about to open the blinds when Rouletabille
"Did not the tragedy take place in complete darkness?" he asked.
"No, young man, I don't think so. Mademoiselle always had a nightlight on her table, and
I lit it every evening before she went to bed. I was a sort of chambermaid, you must
understand, when the evening came. The real chambermaid did not come here much
before the morning. Mademoiselle worked late--far into the night."
"Where did the table with the night-light stand,--far from the bed?"
"Some way from the bed."
"Can you light the burner now?"
"The lamp is broken and the oil that was in it was spilled when the table was upset. All
the rest of the things in the room remain just as they were. I have only to open the blinds
for you to see."
Rouletabille went back into the laboratory, closed the shutters of the two windows and
the door of the vestibule.
When we were in complete darkness, he lit a wax vesta, and asked Daddy Jacques to
move to the middle of the chamber with it to the place where the night-light was burning
Daddy Jacques who was in his stockings--he usually left his sabots in the vestibule--
entered The Yellow Room with his bit of a vesta. We vaguely distinguished objects
overthrown on the floor, a bed in one corner, and, in front of us, to the left, the gleam of a
looking-glass hanging on the wall, near to the bed.
"That will do!--you may now open the blinds," said Rouletabille.