By G. K. Chesterton
British author GILBERT KEITH CHESTERTON (1874-1936) expounded prolifically approximately his wide-ranging philosophies-he is most unlikely to categorize as "liberal" or "conservative," for instance-across a wide selection of avenues: he was once a literary critic, historian, playwright, novelist, columnist, and poet. His witty, funny variety earned him the identify of the "prince of paradox," and his works-80 books and approximately 4,000 essays-remain one of the so much loved within the English language Chesterton is healthier remembered, possibly, as a spinner of poser stories, and for his habitual personality of dad Brown. This 1914 number of tales contains a number of the crime-solving priest's maximum circumstances: . "The Absence of Mr. Glass" . "The Paradise of Thieves" . "The Duel of Dr. Hirsch" . "The guy within the Passage" . "The Mistake of the Machine" . "The Head of Caesar" . "The crimson Wig" . "The Perishing of the Pendragons" . "The God of the Gongs" . "The Salad of Colonel Gray" . "The unusual Crime of John Boulnois" . "The Fairy story of dad Brown"
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It was once relatively darkish while I observed him," started Father Brown, "but he was—" As has been acknowledged, the hotel-keeper should be proved to have instructed the proper fact. His word that the prepare dinner used to be beginning shortly used to be fulfilled to the letter, for the prepare dinner got here out, pulling his gloves on, at the same time they spoke. yet he used to be a really various determine from the harassed mass of white and black that had seemed for an rapid within the doorway. He was once buttoned and buckled as much as his bursting eyeballs within the such a lot amazing style. A tall black hat used to be tilted on his large black head— a hat of the kind that the French wit has in comparison to 8 mirrors. yet someway the black guy was once just like the black hat. He additionally used to be black, and but his modern epidermis flung again the sunshine at 8 angles or extra. it's remember that that he wore white spats and a white slip inside of his waistcoat. The pink flower stood up in his buttonhole aggressively, as though it had by surprise grown there. And within the means he carried his cane in a single hand and his cigar within the different there has been a undeniable angle— an perspective we should take note after we speak of racial prejudices: whatever blameless and insolent—the cake stroll. "Sometimes," stated Flambeau, taking care of him, "I'm no longer stunned that they lynch them. " "I am by no means surprised," stated Father Brown, "at any paintings of hell. yet as i used to be saying," he resumed, because the negro, nonetheless ostentatiously pulling on his yellow gloves, betook himself speedily in the direction of the watering-place, a queer music-hall determine opposed to that gray and frosty scene—"as i used to be asserting, i could not describe the guy very minutely, yet he had a flourish and outdated whiskers and moustachios, darkish or dyed, as within the images of overseas financiers, around his neck was once wrapped a protracted crimson shawl that thrashed out within the wind as he walked. It was once fastened on the throat fairly within the approach that nurses repair kid's comforters with a safety-pin. purely this," additional the priest, observing placidly out to sea, "was no longer a safety-pin. " the guy sitting at the lengthy iron bench was once additionally looking at placidly out to sea. Now he was extra in repose. Flambeau felt particularly yes that one in every of his eyes used to be certainly better than the opposite. either have been now good opened, and he may well nearly fancy the left eye grew greater as he gazed. "It used to be a truly lengthy gold pin, and had the carved head of a monkey or a few such thing," endured the cleric; "and it was once mounted in a slightly strange way—he wore pince-nez and a large black—" The immobile guy persisted to stare upon the ocean, and the eyes in his head may have belonged to 2 diverse males. Then he made a move of blinding swiftness. Father Brown had his again to him, and in that flash may need fallen lifeless on his face. Flambeau had no weapon, yet his huge brown palms have been resting at the finish of the lengthy iron seat. His shoulders without notice altered their form, and he heaved the full large factor excessive over his head, like a headsman's awl approximately to fall. The mere top of the item, as he held it vertical, gave the look of a protracted iron ladder wherein he used to be inviting males to climb in the direction of the celebrities.