Sunday, June 29, 2008

The real truth, I am very sure, lies deeper

"I think I see the connection," said the priest. "This Glengyle was mad against the French Revolution. He was an enthusiast for the ancien regime, and was trying to re-enact literally the family life of the last Bourbons. He had snuff because it was the eighteenth century luxury; wax candles, because they were the eighteenth century lighting; the mechanical bits of iron represent the locksmith hobby of Louis XVI; the diamonds are for the Diamond Necklace of Marie Antoinette."

Both the other men were staring at him with round eyes. "What a perfectly extraordinary notion!" cried Flambeau. "Do you really think that is the truth?"

"I am perfectly sure it isn't," answered Father Brown, "only you said that nobody could connect snuff and diamonds and clockwork and candles. I give you that connection off-hand. The real truth, I am very sure, lies deeper."

G. K. Chesterton: The Innocence of Father Brown

Alarms and Discursions
All Things Considered
The Appetite of TyrannyIncluding Letters to an Old Garibaldian
Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens
The Ballad of the White Horse
The Ball and the Cross
The Barbarism of Berlin
The Club of Queer Trades
The Crimes of England
The Defendant
George Bernard Shaw
Greybeards at Play
The Innocence of Father Brown
MagicA Fantastic Comedy
The Man Who Knew Too Much
The Man Who Was Thursday, a nightmare
A Miscellany of Men
The Napoleon of Notting Hill
The New Jerusalem
Robert Browning
A Short History of England
The Trees of Pride
Tremendous Trifles
Twelve Types
Utopia of Usurers and Other Essays
Varied Types
The Victorian Age in Literature
What's Wrong with the World
The Wild Knight and Other Poems
The Wisdom of Father Brown

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