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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 large choice of avenues: he was once a literary critic, historian, playwright, novelist, columnist, and poet. His witty, funny sort 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 better remembered, probably, as a spinner of puzzle stories, and for his habitual personality of pop Brown. This 1914 number of tales comprises a few of the crime-solving priest's maximum situations: . "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 a type of infrequent atmospheres during which a smoked-glass slide turns out to were slid clear of among us and Nature; in order that even darkish shades on that day glance extra lovely than shiny shades on cloudier days. The trampled earth of the river-banks and the peaty stain within the swimming pools didn't glance drab yet sparkling umber, and the darkish woods astir within the breeze didn't glance, as traditional, dim blue with mere intensity of distance, yet extra like wind-tumbled lots of a few shiny violet blossom. This magic clearness and depth within the colors used to be additional pressured on Brown's slowly reviving senses by means of whatever romantic or even mystery within the very type of the panorama. The river used to be nonetheless good huge and deep sufficient for a excitement boat so small as theirs; however the curves of the country-side instructed that it was once last in on both hand; the woods making damaged and flying makes an attempt at bridge-building—as if the boat have been passing from the romance of a valley to the romance of a hole and so as to the preferrred romance of a tunnel. past this mere glance of items there has been little for Brown's freshening fancy to feed on; he observed no people, other than a few gipsies trailing alongside the river financial institution, with faggots and osiers reduce within the wooded area; and one sight now not unconventional, yet in such distant elements nonetheless unusual: a dark-haired girl, bare-headed, and paddling her personal canoe. If Father Brown ever connected any significance to both of those, he definitely forgot them on the subsequent flip of the river which introduced in sight a unique item. The water appeared to widen and cut up, being cloven through the darkish wedge of a fish-shaped and wooded islet. With the speed at which they went, the islet looked as if it would swim in the direction of them like a boat; a boat with a really excessive prow—or, to talk extra strictly, a really excessive funnel. For on the severe element nearest them stood up an odd-looking construction, in contrast to something they can take into account or hook up with any objective. It used to be no longer in particular excessive, however it was once too excessive for its breadth to be referred to as whatever yet a tower. but it outfitted completely of wooden, and that during a such a lot unequal and whimsical approach. many of the planks and beams have been of excellent, pro oak; a few of such wooden reduce uncooked and up to date; a few back of white pinewood, and greatly extra of a similar type of wooden painted black with tar. those black beams have been set crooked or crisscross in any respect different types of angles, giving the complete a such a lot patchy and complicated visual appeal. there have been one or home windows, which colored and leaded in an old school yet extra problematic variety. The guests checked out it with that paradoxical feeling now we have whilst whatever reminds us of anything, and but we're definite it truly is whatever very diversified. Father Brown, even if he was once mystified, used to be smart in analysing his personal mystification. And he chanced on himself reflecting that the oddity appeared to consist in a selected form minimize out in an incongruous fabric; as though one observed a top-hat made from tin, or a frock-coat lower out of tartan.

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