Questions tagged [john-buchan]

For questions about the Scottish novelist John Buchan (1875–1940) and his works. He is most notably known for his novel, "The Thirty-Nine Steps" (1915). Questions regarding his novels should be tagged with the name of that work.

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What do "Joggleberry", "celestial limit" and "pink penultimate" mean in "The Power-House"?

I have a question about a passage in The Power-House by John Buchan. In Chapter 1, "Beginning of the Wild-Goose Chase", Tommy Deloraine says to Leithen, the narrator: “This about finishes ...
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What does "a stroke a hole" refer to in "The Thirty-Nine Steps"?

I have a question about a passage in The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan. In Chapter 10, "Various Parties Converging on the Sea", Richard Hannay watches two people playing tennis, after ...
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What do "Free Trader" and "Protection in the Colonies" refer to in "The Thirty-Nine Steps"?

I have a question about a passage in The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan. In Chapter 4, "The adventure of the radical candidate", Richard Hannay meets Sir Harry, who says: “Now you’ve got ...
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Was the assassination plot in The Thirty-Nine Steps based on any real plot?

In John Buchan's famous short novel The Thirty-Nine Steps, much of the plot (ha) revolves around a German plot to assassinate the Greek Premier, which is thwarted by the story's hero. All this happens ...