Questions tagged [edgar-wallace]

Questions about the works of Edgar Wallace (1875–1932), British writer of thrillers and adventure stories, best known for his film script for "King Kong" (1933).

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What's meant by “the illusion of the chapel ended” in The Just Men of Cordova?

In chapter 17 of The Just Men of Cordova (1917) by Edgar Wallace, the author is describing a captured man who had been led to a building: The sight he saw was a remarkable one. He was in a chapel; he ...
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Was it normal in 1917 for someone to call his uncle “sir” in England?

In chapter 17 of The Just Men of Cordova (1917) by Edgar Wallace, the author is describing a conversation between an old uncle and his nephew, who was an assistant-commissioner of police. In a ...
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What's the significance of these odds in horse racing in “The Just Men of Cordova”?

In chapter 12 of The Just Men of Cordova (1917) by Edgar Wallace, the author is describing the situation of the odds of two horses, Timboilino, the owner of which is Isaac, and Nemesis, the owner of ...
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What's meant by “these things” in The Just Men of Cordova?

In chapter 5 of The Just Men of Cordova (1917) by Edgar Wallace, the author describes an outside broker and financier talking to his friend about their hard financial condition: Black tossed a letter ...
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What's exactly meant by “on its homeward journey” in “The Just Men of Cordova”?

In chapter 12 of The Just Men of Cordova (1917) by Edgar Wallace, the author is describing a horse race: The field was at the starting-post: “Your horse is drawn in the middle,” she said. He put up ...
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What's exactly meant by ““saving” on Nemesis” in The Just Men of Cordova?

In chapter 12 of The Just Men of Cordova (1917) by Edgar Wallace, the author was describing the situation of two horses, Nemesis and Timpolino, in the betting on horse racing: The previous day, on ...
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To whom does “cheery and sceptical” refer in “The Just Men of Cordova”?

In chapter 12 of The Just Men of Cordova (1917) by Edgar Wallace, the author was describing a crowd in a horse racing: There were regular followers of the game who had known no holiday, and had ...
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What's meant by “drag him along a piscatorial road” in “The Just Men of Cordova”?

In chapter 11 of The Just Men of Cordova (1917) by Edgar Wallace, the author was describing an old man who was changing the topics of talking very quickly: The old man had a trick of striking off at ...
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Does “the new man” have a certain meaning in the world of gangsters and thieves?

In chapter 10 of The Just Men of Cordova (1917) by Edgar Wallace, the author was describing a thief, Wellie, who returned to stealing after his master, Black, had stopped sending him money, that he ...
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What's meant by “stamp-hunt” in “The Just Men of Cordova”?

In chapter 10 of The Just Men of Cordova (1917) by Edgar Wallace, the author was describing an employer, Jakobs, who usually stole unconsidered stamps and such loose coinage as might be found in the ...
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What's meant by “man of some character” in “The Just Men of Cordova”?

From the beginning of chapter 10 of The Just Men of Cordova (1917) by Edgar Wallace: There was living at Somers Town at that time a little man named Jakobs. He was a man of some character, albeit an ...
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What has the “younger son” to do with “cow-punching on the pampas”? in “The Just Men of Cordova”

From chapter 9 of The Just Men of Cordova (1917) by Edgar Wallace: “A gentleman and a policeman?” asked the earl incredulously. Horace nodded. “A new profession for the younger son, eh?” remarked ...
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Was it usual for “Society” to be written with an initial capital?

From chapter 9 of The Just Men of Cordova (1917) by Edgar Wallace: The Earl of Verlond was a stickler for punctuality: a grim, bent old man, with a face that, so Society said, told eloquently the ...
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What's meant by “melancholy point work” in “The Just Men of Cordova”?

In chapter 6 of The Just Men of Cordova by Edgar Wallace, the author was describing a young boxer constable and his work under his bad superior. Frank Fellowe was agitating a punch-ball in one of the ...
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What is “the Dennington Velasquez” in “The Just Men of Cordova”?

In chapter 2 of The Just Men of Cordova by Edgar Wallace, the author was describing a young constable and very rich man in London: “Constable Fellowe, the man of whom I have complained, had the good ...
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What are “rubber notations” in “The Just Men of Cordova”?

In chapter 2 of The Just Men of Cordova by Edgar Wallace, the author was describing a business man in London: His was a name to conjure with in certain circles. In others it was never mentioned. The ...