Three Improving Excerpts from a G.K. Chesterton Story

Here are three brief and amusing excerpts from G.K. Chesteron’s story “The Man in the Passage”, from his 1914 collection The Wisdom of Father Brown.

Of a particularly refined character: “[I]t was against his breeding to show eagerness.”

Of a judge presiding over a case: “[He was] one of those who are jeered at as humorous judges, but who are generally much more serious than the serious judges, for their levity comes from a living impatience of professional solemnity; while the serious judge is really filled with frivolity, because he is filled with vanity.”

Of that refined character from above, an audience’s reaction to his evidence for a crime: “They could have said nothing of his part in it but that it was that of a private gentleman, with an accent on the noun.”


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