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In ‘The Purple Wig’ (published in The Pall Mall Magazine, May 1913, and collected in The Wisdom of Father Brown, 1914), the narrator, Francis Finn, a freelance reporter, is investigating a legend pertaining to the Duke of Exmoor: the story goes that a man-servant listening at the keyhole heard the truth in a talk between the King and Carr; and the bodily ...


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The story is almost certainly “The Three Tools of Death”, a Father Brown mystery, in which Sir Aaron Armstrong appears to have been murdered. A scene is set where it appears he has been shot at, stabbed and an attempt made to hang him before he was pushed from a window. Fr Brown determines that Sir Armstrong was actually in the grip of a suicidal mania, ...


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Yes, this is straightforward (if somewhat tedious). Avowals and Denials begins with a note: The essays of which this book is composed are reprinted, often with slight alterations, from the Illustrated London News, by kind permission of the proprietors of that paper. The original dates can thus be found using the British Newspaper Archive. This would ...


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I have been unable to find any definite story of a parabolic woman who collected valueless things. However a closer reading of the G. K. Chesterton story, especially reading the context of the quotes above, reveal that when the two specific items are mentioned, an old doctor's brass-plate and a wooden leg, they refer to a (male) character in the story who ...


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Walking in wind and sun in the very landscape of liberty, What does very mean here? The Oxford English Dictionary says: very, adj. A.I.2. With limitation (usually expressed by the or a possessive) to particular instances: The true or real; that is truly or properly entitled to the name. Now arch. So if the “great tableland of moors and commons” is the ...


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It means that Jenkins has embarked on a social reform agenda to build “cottage estates”, i.e., public housing: a tract of cottages for the poor. The dialogue suggests that the speakers don’t think he is doing this out of sincerity, but because he hopes to get a Peerage out of it. A Peerage can be awarded for extraordinary achievement in some field. The ...


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For completeness, I leave here the straightforward and tedious search. Monsters and logic 6 january 1934 On Christmas that is coming 23 December 1933 On the man on the spot 26 August 1933 On Shaw and his back girl 31 December 1932 On the atheist museum 19 November 1932 On the new prudery 11 March 1933 On the return of the barbarian 5 August 1933 On ...


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A possible source for this idea might be a story from the Bible, 2 Kings, Chapter 4. Quoting from the New International Version: The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.” [...] ...


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