Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Man With Two Beards

In quite a few of our numerous discussions, a Father Brown story has come up to fit the topic. A quote from the story "The Man With Two Beards" which I really like, fit in with our most recent discussion, The Gospel of Luke.

In this story Father Brown and several others are trying to decide upon the guilt or innocence of the now dead former jewel thief, commonly known as Michael Moonshine, who to all outward appearances had begun again his life of robberies, that is before he was shot. Father Brown says:

"I knew this dead man very well indeed; I was his confessor and his friend. So far as a man can, I knew his mind when he left that garden to-day; and his mind was like a glass hive full of golden bees. It's an under-statement to say his reformation was sincere. He was one of those great penitents who manage to make more out of penitence then others can out of virtue. I say I was his confessor; but, indeed it was I who went to him for comfort. It did me good to be near so good a man. And when I say him lying there dead in the garden, it seemed to me as if strange words that were said of old were spoken over him aloud in my ear. They might well be; for if ever a man went straight to heaven it might be he."

"Hang it all," said John Bankes restlessly, "after all, he was a convicted thief."

"Yes," said Father Brown; "and only a convicted thief has ever in this world heard that assurance; 'This night shalt thou be with me in paradise.'

Monday, December 11, 2006

Seasonal Chesterton

And here we have the seasonal Chesterton, except we still need summer. Any suggestions?????
And in case you don't know, The easter egg is by me, the Chest-o-lantern is by Lewis the editor, and the snowman is by Gus, Tolkien is in the background, created by Bernie.

Hmmm..... would one or both of the Chesterpins work to complete the set, or should it be more summery??????

Friday, December 08, 2006

Is this a meme?

Well it's the first anniversary of the ACS blog and all readers of the announcment post are requested to do this.... I don't know what to call it!

1. When did you first read a Chesterton book, story, or poem, and which was it? Does listening count???? If so, The Scandal of Father Brown, three or four years ago???? I'm not sure.
2. What was the most recent of GKC's writings you read? The Everlasting Man. Except I listened to the audio book.
3. Which is your favorite book, poem - or quote? I do not have a single favorite quote, book etc. But if you would like to read some quotes that I really like you might try here, here, here, here, here, or here. (And that's only a brief selection of favorite parts from Chesterton!!!!)
4. Which would you recommend to a beginner? The Man Who Was Thursday. It's engaging and VERY good!
5. What is the most unusual fact or quirky detail you know about G.K.Chesterton? Well I'm sure that there are many, many facts about him that would fit this description, but one that I've always found interesting is that long before he converted he defended Catholicism.

Okay all ye other ChesterTeens, you have to do this too!!!!!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Let me introduce myself

Hello everyone !

I'm María Paz de la Cuesta, from Valladolid, a city in the middle-north of Spain. It's not a very big city, but it certainly has a great history. Here lived Cervantes, the Catholic Monarchs, Felipe II, Columbus and so many different important people.
About me, I'm 16 years old and I the first Chesterton's book I read was The Innocence of Father Brown. It was a present from 'Los reyes Magos'. (Do you know The Three Wise Men? It's a spanish tratition that may be equivalent to Santa Claus). Since then, I'm very fond of Chesterton's writings. Although I know how many books and essays I must still read.

Apart from Chesterton, I also like Evelyn Waugh, Jorge Luis Borges, Stevenson, Conrad, Álvaro Cunqueiro, etc.
I also like listening to music, playing tennis, going out with my friends and that kind of things.

I couldn't say which is my favourite quote of Chesterton, but now I'm only able to remember: If there were no God, there would be no Atheists.

I don't know why, but english writers are hilarious. I'm beginning to love english literature, I mean it, and specially Chesterton's work.

Well, I think this is enough. If you want to know more about me, just ask and please, if I have made a lot of mistakes, warn me and I'll try to do my best the next time I write.

It's a pleasure to share my opinion about Chesterton's writings with you.


Saturday, November 04, 2006

A Pumpkin Chesterton

A couple of my friends and I attempted a Chesterton pumpkin this Halloween, and I discovered that my memory for faces is not very good. Luckily, my friends were better, and our attempt turned out better than this rather fuzzy picture can show.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Progress on The Everlasting Man

I finished the first part of The Everlasting Man, but I've been listening to the audio book so it is much harder to record quotes. However if you are interested in quotes go to Studeo and search for "The Everlasting Man" and "The God in the Cave", I promise you will not be short on reading material.

Friday, October 27, 2006

ChesterTeens Sweatshirt

I am planning to make my new sweatshirt into a ChesterTeens sweatshirt using iron-ons. And I was thinking it would be cool if the ChesterTeens each made one. I will post the design once I've made it but before that I need help designing it.

I was thinking "Proud to be a ChesterTeen" on the front and a quote on the back, but what quote? And should the front be different? Please comment what you think. I need help.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

"The Man Who Was Thursday" Discussion, Post 2

Finally we have our next topic to discussion. Thanks to Dr. Thursday for coming up with another topic.

How does TMWWT fit into the Tolkien view of subcreation?
Side question for speculation: Do the Two Trees of Valinor have their seed in this dialogue?

What do you think???? PLEASE comment.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Black and White, Yes and no....

Today I was reading a chapter of Sidelights by G.K.C. The chapter was "Magic and Fantasy in Fiction." (It's at the very end of volume XXI of the Collected works). The last paragraph seemed very interesting and worthy of discussion on this blog. So please comment with your thoughts. And while you're at it, any ideas for Man Who Was Thursday Discussion topic? Anyways here's the quote:

After all it is perhaps no matter of surprise that Bishop Barnes of
Birmingham should see a link between the Magician and the Mass. There is a sort of logical link between them; the logical link that connects Yes and No. In other words, they are exact contraries; like light and darkness, which are often classed together because they are often mentioned at once. They cross each other with the complete collision and contradiction that belongs to "The Two Magics." The Magician is the Man when he seeks to become God, and, being a usurper, can hardly fail to be a tyrant. Not being the maker, but only the distorter, he twists all things out of their intended shape, and imprisons natural things in unnatural forms. But the Mass is exactly the opposite of a Man seeking to be a God. It is a God seeking to be a Man; it is God giving His creative life to mankind as such, and restoring the original pattern of their manhood; making not gods, nor beasts, nor angels; but, by the original blast and miracle that makes
all things new, turning men into men.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Another Chesterword

Thanks to Cottage Blessings we have been making tons of puppets with little craft spoons. Anyone who knows me very well could probably guess that I would make one of Chesterton. My four-year old sister Kate made many, Bob, Bobby, Bob the builder and then Chesterton!
Last night, when she was trying to say Chesterton, a slip of the tounge caused her to say Chesterpin and so she coined the term for what you see on the side of this post.

Update I aded my own Chesterpin.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Astonishing yet obvious discovery

I'm doing a reaserch paper on Chaucer, and I've been reading Chesterton's biography of him , searching for facts to fill notecards. Needless to say, I've learned the hard way what reason must have pointed out, had I thought about it: paraphrasing Chesterton is the most tragic, painful thing I have ever tried to do. Also, full of truth as his books are, mining for just the solid, bland facts is basically impossible in a volume of Chesterton. I've been working a long time, and have only one fact, albeit a good one: Chaucer was Catholic.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Phantom Tollbooth Discussion

On friday night we had a wonderful discussion on the Phantom Tollbooth with, Gilbert Girl, Margaret, Rose, Mari, Cathy, their mom, D'Maire, my mom and Gus.
We started off with "the point of view" in which Milo, Tock and the Humbug become acquanted with Alec Bings. We discussed the way in which Alec Bings always looks at the future and not the present. And so he is always running into trees. We also talked about how much Milo's point of view differs from that of Alec Bings and which of them serves that person better. We decided that Milo's is probably more practical if nothing else, but that even aside from that it does serve him better. This led into the, as we named him, "the most ordinary man in the world". He is the one who pretends to be the giant, the midget, the thin man and the fat man. And after asking him the same question at all of his four doors, Milo says" I think you're all the same man" and the man explains:

... to tall men I'm a midget, and to short men I'm a giant;
to the skinny ones I'm a fat man and to the fat ones I'm a thin man. That
way I can hold four jobs at once. As you can see, though, I'm neither tall nor
short nor fat nor thin. In fact, I'm quite ordinary, but since there are so many
ordinary men that no one asks their opinion about anything.

So the forest of sight kept us busy for quite a while since we also discussed, if only briefly, Reality, Illusions and the 'Colorful Symphony'. Margaret explained why she liked the colorful symphony and what she said was really interesting but I can't remember what her remarks were, maybe she can help me?

So next stop was Dictionopolis (we weren't going in very good order) we talked about the banquet, the half- baked- idea pastries made an interesting topic, we talked about what they were and how we liked that they got sick after eating them. Then somebody asked why the two princesses were so important, then someone else said she was wondering why Princess Rhyme was so important, she could understand why Princess Reason was important but Princess Rhyme didn't make as much sense. So that made a VERY interesting topic as you may imagine. GilbertGirl and I, the most talkitive of our group, found it 'necessary' to cover each other's mouths so that the other girls would have to talk too (it was REALLY funny). And Rose, asked her neighbor "Do you understand Reason at all?" of course she ment Princess Reason but the way it came out didn't work so well. That sent us all into fits of laughter.

But it was interesting too. GilbertGirl pointed out that in a poem, rhyme is what keeps it all together (if you know what I mean) and so that was an important part to play. And I said that in the book they describe Rhyme as a more light-hearted princess so that might be an important part to play to keep reason from being to dull. It seems to me that we got into more than that but I can't remember, does anyone else? If so please post or comment.

Next stop, The Island of Conclusions. We didn't talk a whole lot about this but mainly the trip back, how it is possible to 'swim all day in the sea of knowledge and still come out completely dry'. Which many people had not noticed the significance of. You see when you are exposed to knowledge you can either learn it and get wet or be completely oblivious to it and stay completely dry, and that is what the Humbug, not surprisingly, experienced.

When it came to our notice that we were running short on time, we decided that we had to get to the demons. But I can't remember much of that, can someone else fill me in please?

Then we ended with our favorite parts. Not all of us (me included) had a single favorite part but here some people did and they included:

This was one that my mom (and I) found interesting (Describing the package Milo
found in his room) For while it was not quite square it was definitly not round, and for it's size it was larger than almost any other big package of smaller dimensions he'd ever seen.

Mari's favorite was: You must never feel badly for making mistakes, as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more from being wrong for the right reason then for being right for the wrong reasons.

So that concluded our discussion but I would gladly welcome any more thoughts on this book. Speaking of discussions, I am planning to do the next TMWWT discussion but I'm not having any bright ideas, does anyone else have suggestions?

Sunday, October 08, 2006


Whenever I listen to the Last Battle I am reminded not only fo how much I love it but of what an interesting character Emmeth is. For those of you who don't know Emmeth is a young man who comes from Calormen (which usually isn't a good thing) and so of course he believed in the Calormen god, Tash. Now it would be a very long story to tell he got there so I will just say he met Aslan while wandering in the 'Inner Narnia'. He was quite understandably terrified (although he was not sorry to have seen the lion), for he thought that since he had served Tash his whole life rather than this lion who was " Worthy of all honor", the lion would be angry with him. But he was wrong, Aslan kissed him and said,Son thou art welcome Emmeth replied Alas, Lord, I am no son of thine but a servant of Tash Aslan said that he took to him all the services that Emmeth had done to Tash for this reason. For he and I are of such different kinds that no service which is vile can be done to me and no service which is not vile can be done to him. Emmeth said that he had been seeking Tash all his days and so did not quite understand. Aslan said Beloved, unless thy desire had been for me thou wouldst not have sought so long and so truly. For all find what they truly seek.
So Emmeth concludes, And my joy is so great that it even weakens me like a wound. And this is the marvel of marvels, that he called me beloved, me who am but as a dog.

So what are your thoughts on that????? Please comment I'd love to hear what you think about it.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Another Prayer Request

Thomas Aquinas college has been evacuated due to fire hazard, please pray for everyone involved. My mom has more complete coverage here.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

A Tremendous Trifle

We received the September issue of St. Joseph Messenger today. The first notice for its annual writing contest was published in this issue. On the announcement page they always have a quote on writing, the author varies. And this time it was.... (Well you ought to be able to guess, after all this is ChesterTeens) .... G.K. Chesterton! The quote was:
The aim of good prose words is to mean what they say. The
aim of good poetical words is to mean what they do not say.

And I have just learned a new Chesterton quote, another favorite (I have so many favorites).

Note: If you are interested in the contest you can find the rules here( it's on pg. 12) if you move all the dates up 3 years, it will be exactly as it is in the newest issue, e.g. January 31 2004 should be January 31 2007.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

In which I finally introduce myself.

Age: seventeen

Gender: girl

Interests: music, botany, books, many other sundry things which escape my memory at the moment. Oh, yes, and lest you have not deduced it, Chesterton.

Introduced to Chesterton: probably by reading Regina Doman's Shadow of the Bear (someday we'll have to let her know how influential that book seemed to be), a book recommended to me by Ria's mom. My interest was aroused, and I searched our house for anything by him. I happened upon Father Brown, and ... I guess that was that.

Other stuff you may want know: I go by Margaret right now, because I haven't thought of anything better, but I'm trying to think up something different because of how many people around the blogosphere go by just Margaret, so don't be alarmed when I change my name. Also, I don't have the time to read much extra right now, so I don't know how often I'll be able to post or comment. But I'll do my best. Perhaps things will be better once the school year progresses some...

Monday, September 11, 2006

Sunday, September 03, 2006

The Third Man

The Gilbert Magazine came yesterday! and today I read a very interesting article, The Third Man. The 'third man' was Maurice Baring, a close friend of GKC. The reason he is called the third man is because of a painting of three men. Two of them are easily recognized as Hillaire Belloc and GKC, but the third is less easily recognized, he is, as you probably guessed, Maurice Baring. He was, like Chesterton, a Catholic convert but he converted 13 years earlier, in 1909. When Chesterton converted in 1922 Maurice Baring sent him a letter of which there is an excerpt in the Gilbert Magazine and I will give you an excerpt of that excerpt:

I have hardly ever entered a church without putting up a candle to Our lady or to St. Joseph or St. Anthony for you, And both this year and last year in Lent I made a Novena for you. I know of many other people, better people far than I, who did the same. Many Masses were said for you and prayers all over England and Scotland in centres of Holiness. I will show you some day a letter from some Nuns on the subject. A great friend of mine one of the greatest saints I have known, Sister Mary Annuncitiation of the Convent Orphanage, [would] always pray for you.

Isn't that neat? And here is another interesting quote from the same source.

People used to conceal their ignorance decently. No longer. This is due to the spread of what is called Education. More people are taught things, but they are taught less. In fact, they are taught hardly anything;in former times they were taught little, but that little they learnt.

Well that's all for now, but I will hopefully be posting on the Gilbert magazine this week, but I can't be sure, school is starting soon and I am going to be busy.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

The Man Who Was Thursday Discussion 1

A discussion on the Man Who Was Thursday was discovered by Lewis the editor here. But sadly it was closed. Therefore I am going to start one here.

Now the only topic for discussion I could think of was the last chapter, so this is my question:

Was Syme's adventure all a dream, or did it only seem like a dream, or does it matter?

Any thoughts, answers or additions to the question??? Please comment.
Oh, and any ideas for the next topic?????

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

"The Man Who Was Thursday" Discussion

I found this interesting blog recently, called "Veritatis Visio", where a discussion of The Man Who Was Thursday has just finished. There was also a discussion of A Tale of Two Cities which I enjoyed reading very much.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Plymouth Rock and Chickens

I recently listened to the talk enititled 'Chesterton and De Toqueville' by Kurt Griffen, it was very interesting and entertaining. It was about (obviously) GKC and De Toqueville but more specifically about their trips to America. Since this was the subject, the books most talked about were (not surprisingly) What I Saw in America by GKC and Democracy in America by De Toqueville. I was interested by some of the things I heard from this talk about What I Saw in America so today (partly because I was interested and partly because I needed to post here) I picked it up. I browsed through the index and decided to try chapter 14: Lincoln and Lost Causes. I was greeted on the first page by this hilarious quote:

It would perhaps be an exaggeration to say that Plymouth Rock is a chicken. Any English person keeping chickens and chiefly interested in Plymouth Rocks considered as chickens, would nevertheless have a hazy sensation of having seen the word somewhere before. He would feel subconsciously that the Plymouth Rock had not always been a chicken. Indeed the name connotes something not only solid but antiquated; and it is not therefore a very tactful name for a chicken. There would rise up before him something memorable in the haze that he calls his history; and he would see the history books of his boyhood and old engravings of men in steeple- crowned hats struggling with sea-waves or Red Indians. The whole thing would sudenly become clear to him (by a simple reform) the chickens were called Pilgrim Fathers.

What I was initially looking for (although I was not successful) was the part quoted in the afore-mentioned talk about the sameness of Hotels. How everything was the same, not only were all hotel floors the same, all hotels were the same. This in turn led to the ridiculous names frequently bestowed upon these hotels, well actually 'Inns', The Ramada Inn, The Relax Inn and the Comfort Inn. I must add to this one of the 'Inns' that my brother stayed at while on a trip, The Sleep Inn. Well there is obviously much more to be read in What I Saw in America but that's all for now. I just had share that (and I also had to post:).

Sunday, August 13, 2006

More Chesterton Sites

My mom found these two sites today, I'm glad she did. I've got some things to add to my wishlist.

Click here and here to see these sites.
My brother and I really like this, an old dramatized The Man Who Was Thursday, from 1938 to be exact. Have Fun.

ChesterTeens reading list

This is the reading list my mom has started for, well, ChesterTeens.
Suggestions are very welcome.

Friday, August 11, 2006

What would Chesterton do...

... if this was coming to his neighborhood?

The "service" is going to be a concert and talk given by the co-president of The Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Please share your own thoughts; I'll post mine tomorrow.

Monday, July 31, 2006

A Eulogy for GK.Chesterton

I read this eulogy in a book called Pastoral and Occasional Sermons by Monsignor Ronald Knox, edited by Philip Caraman, S.J.
It was a very good eulogy, showing how Chesterton went against the ways of the times to say what is right. And how even though Chesterton did not convert until much later in life, he always defended Catholicism.
The dedication poem for The Man Who Was Thursday is quoted:

But we were young; we lived to see God break their bitter charms-
God and the good Republic came riding back in arms;
We have seen the city of Mansoul even as it rocked, relieved-
Blessed are they who have not seen, but, being blind believed.

I really liked it and I hope I can find it on the internet somewhere, in which case I will post a link. If you're interested in buying the book you can here, it's half price right now.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Future ChesterTeen...

.... at least I hope so. Click here for a picture of this young Chestertonian.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Chesterton's Marriage Proposal

I was browsing The American Chesterton Society website which led me to "Quotemeister" which led me to this.

Dorm Decor

As I mentioned in the last post many of us were gone at retreat last week. Gilbert Girl, another friend and I roomed together, and we had alot of fun decorating. I brought some post-it notes and we wrote some of our favorite quotes on them and stuck them all over the walls, here are the quotes we used:

"Daybreak is never ending glory, Getting out of bed is a never ending nuisance."

"There is no such thing as an unintesting subject, the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person."

"The men of the east may spell the stars,
and times and triumphs mark;
But the men signed with the Cross of Christ,
Go gaily in the dark."

"Journalism consists largely in saying 'Lord James is Dead' to people who never knew Lord James was alive."

"The Optimist is the person who thinks all the world is good except the pessimist
and the pessimist is the person who thinks all the world is bad except himself."

"Angels fly because they can take themselves lightly.''
By the way I'm sorry about the scanty posting, our family computer is broken so I haven't had as much time on the computer.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

A Little Downtime on ChesterTeens

Almost all the contributors here will be at a retreat this week. So things wll be a little quieter this week than usual.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Please Pray.

Regina Doman, the author of The Shadow of the Bear which got many of us into Chesterton, lost her four year old son, Joshua Michael, in a car accident last week.
Please pray for her and her grieving family. May he rest in peace.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Chesterton and the Da Vinci Code

I absolutely LOVED this talk. Carl Olson is sooooo funny! He was cracking jokes through almost the whole talk, it was hilarious. I was supposed to clean my room for twenty minutes and so I decided to listen to part of his talk, I was in my room for at least an hour.
He began by asking how many people had read and/or watched The Da Vinci Code, he then remarked for those peoples benifit that there would be confessions later on.
He also read a review by Barnes and Noble on this book, The Da Vinci Hoax. They seem to think that since The Da Vinci Code is "just fiction" that it's not dangerous.
On the contrary I think it is more dangerous in the form of novel because people are more likely to be interested in reading a novel than a non-fiction book.

He continued througout the talk to summarize the inconsistencies in Dan Brown's novel. The absurdness of these, plus Carl Olson's sarcasim made for a absolutely hilarious talk. My brother and I had a great time.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

"Abandon All Hopelessness Ye Who Enter Here"

We just got the set of ChesterCon CDs. I have finished Dale Ahlquist's and Carl Olsen's, and I really like them both. I am going to blog about Dale Ahlquist's first and then do Carl Olsen's.
Dale Ahlquist's was really good, it was really funny too. He read the last paragraph of the Charles Dickens book, which talks mostly about eternity. Then he said"That may be the end of the book but it is not the end of this talk, you are just beginning to learn the meaning of eternity."(:
And then of course there are the actual Chesterton quotes that are always hilarious. Like this one:

The strength of Cromwell was that he cared for religion, but the strength of relgion was that it did not care for Cromwell.

But it wasn't all laughter, he was explaining to us about hope. That hope isn't pessimism or optimism but that it is a the happy medium between these extremes. Of course he had many great Chesterton quotes to go with it and I'll try do my best to remember them.

The optimist is the person who thinks all the world is good except the pessimist and the pessimist is the person who thinks that all the world is bad except himself.

(to be continued) (hopefully:)

Friday, June 30, 2006

Learned Priest

I just got back from a retreat, and at that retreat we had daily Mass. Each day there was a new priest, but on Tuesday we had a REALLY STUPENDOUS priest. He had a good, interesting homily, and...drumroll please...HE QUOTED GKC!!!!!!! The quote, actually, has always been beloved to me, and I was so happy when he used it!!!! It just topped off the week!!!!
"The greatest thing about miracles is that they happen."

Sunday, June 25, 2006

The Shadow of the Bear

Furor asked about The Shadow of the Bear, so I am going to try to summarize it, but if anyone has more to add please do.

The story is centered around two teenage girls, Rose and Blanche Brier, and their widowed mother who recently moved to New York city. One stormy winter evening a strange visitor comes to their door. They make friends with this mysterious young man who calls himself Bear, and over the course of the winter they have many visits consisting largely of long talks. They are all well-read and particularly enjoy G. K. Chesterton who often comes into conversation.
Bear does not say much about himself except that he was in Juvenile detention for drug possession and that he is into the same kind of books as the girls such as Chesterton and Shakespeare. Then in the spring Bear's visits become less frequent and finally cease. Rose, aided by Blanche, after hearing more and more stories about Bear's past, is determined to find out about him, and to prove that Bear was not involved in drugs. However these things are not always safe, as the girls are soon to learn, in fact in the adventure that ensues the girls' lives, as well as those of Bear and his brother, are at stake.

There, that's the best I can do, not very good, but you can learn more about it here (the author's website) and here ( a review by Bethlehem Books, the publisher.) Also I hope that we will get at least one alternate review on here. There is also an audio drama which you can listen to samples of and purchase here.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Another Introduction

I am a sixteen year old girl whose interests are rather wide and varied, but include music, sailing, and reading—especially reading Chesterton.
My first introduction to Chesterton when one of my friends and I took turns reading aloud a Father Brown story to each other. Since then I’ve read all the Chesterton fiction I could get a hold of, and a couple of his non-fiction works too.
There are far too many good Chesterton quotes for me to pick my favourite, but here are a couple good ones:

“Journalism consists largely in saying “Lord James is dead” to people who never knew Lord James was alive.”

"A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it."

There are also the quotes that I suggested on the theme quote post.

The Ballad of the White Horse

I love The Ballad of the White Horse, it is some of the best poetry I have ever read. It is nearly impossible to read to yourself, it begs to be read outloud. Not only is the rhyme scheme wonderful, the story is too, at least once you get the hang of the language enough to understand the story. It can be very difficult to understand but it can be done. There is a book, a very easy chapter book, King Alfred of the Wessex by Frank Morris, which tells the same story in easier language which I found very helpful. Like many other Chesterton books, it can be read, and enjoyed, as a whole or in pieces. Many wonderful quotes can be taken out and appreciated without having read the book, like the one below.
I love this quote from The Ballad of the White Horse, in fact it was the first Chesterton I read ( Thanks to The Shadow of the Bear), other than The Scandal of Father Brown which doesn't really count
a. Because I didn't read it.
b. Because I didn't know it was Chesterton at that point.
Anyways here's the quote:

"The men of the east may spell the stars
And times and triumphs mark
But the men signed with the cross of Christ
Go gaily in the dark."

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Theme Quotes

We are looking for several theme quotes for this blog (preferably from Chesterton) up to 12(one per month). If anyone has suggestions please comment.
What's your favorite Chesterton quote???????? Would it go well as a theme quote???????? Please comment.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

A Voice That Made Men Drop Drawn Swords

That's a great quote from the book that my mom is reading outloud to my brother and I, The Man Who Was Thursday By G.K. Chesterton.
It describes the voice of the leader of the supreme anarchist council, an organization into which a police detective has intruded, having been elected to it by a very strange circumstance. Each of the members is known by the name of one of the days of the week. So Gabriel Syme is now in the awkward position of being on the supreme Anarchist council without any friends and unable, due to an oath of honor, to inform any policeman of his predicament. But perhaps he is not as alone as he thought.....
He begins to make friends and together they decide to attempt to stop the orginization of anarchists who are on their way to ruling the world.

We are in the midst of this unusual novel right now, and it really keeps you on the edge of your seat.
I really like it so far and I highly recommend it.

Monday, June 19, 2006


I'm thirteen and very into Tolkien, Lewis, Chesterton, Shakespeare... (you get the idea) Irish dancing, writing, drawing, and watching movies
I guess you could say I got into Chesterton through the Father Brown audio book that my mom was listening to and I fell in love with but since I had no idea who the author was at that time let alone that he was one of the greatest writers in history perhaps it is more accurate to date my introduction to Chesterton from my first reading The Shadow of the Bear By
Regina Doman over a year ago. Since then I have been helped on by many wonderful blogs and of course reading more and more Chesterton.
My favorite Chesterton quote..... Oh man, there are so many good quotes I could do. Gilbert Girl's (a.k.a. Adriana) is hilarious but there is also one I heard on
GKC's Favourite that is awesome, I guess I'll do that one. Here it is:

[Regarding pagan Rome in the last years B.C.] ... It was something in the sense of impotence and despair with which men shook their fists vainly at the stars, as they saw all the best work of humanity sinking slowly and helplessly into a swamp. They could easily believe that even creation itself was not a creation but a perpetual fall, when they saw that the weightiest and worthiest of all human creations was falling by its own weight. They could fancy that all the stars were falling stars; and that the very pillars of their own solemn porticos were bowed under a sort of gradual Deluge. To men in that mood there was a reason for atheism that is in some sense reasonable. Mythology might fade and philosophy might stiffen; but if behind these things there was a reality, surely that reality might have sustained things as they sank. There was no God; if there had been a God, surely this was the very moment when He would have moved and saved the world.


The life of the great civilisation went on with dreary industry and even with dreary festivity. It was the end of the world, and the worst of it was that it need never end. A convenient compromise had been made between all the multitudinous myths and religions of the Empire; that each group should worship freely and merely give a sort of official flourish of thanks to the tolerant Emperor, by tossing a little incense to him under his official title of Divus. Naturally there was no difficulty about that; or rather it was a long time before the world realised that there ever had been even a trivial difficulty anywhere. The members of some eastern sect or secret society or other seemed to have made a scene somewhere; nobody could imagine why. The incident occurred once or twice again and began to arouse irritation out of proportion to its insignificance. It was not exactly what these provincials said; though of course it sounded queer enough. They seemed to be saying that God was dead and that they themselves had seen him die. This might be one of the many manias produced by the despair of the age; only they did not seem particularly despairing. They seemed quite unnaturally joyful about it, and gave the reason that the death of God had allowed them to eat him and drink his blood. According to other accounts God was not exactly dead after all; there trailed through the bewildered imagination some sort of fantastic procession of the funeral of God, at which the sun turned black, but which ended with the dead omnipotence breaking out of the tomb and rising again like the sun.



Allow me to introduce myself as a fourteen year old Chesterton aficionado.

I got interested in Chesterton by reading The Shadow of the Bear By Regina Doman, when I was...hmmm...between ten and eleven. I casually dove into a collection of Father Brown mysteries, and found, when I emerged into the real world again, I discovered (not much to my surprise) that I was addicted. I've completed Father Brown, read The Everlasting Man, and recently Charles Dickens, the Last of the Great Men, for Chestercon 2006. I've been scavenging Chesterton-Lover blogs to find quotes, like the following:
Daybreak is never-ending Glory; getting out of bed is a never-ending nuisance.
Isn't that true????? This particular gem I got from Margaret. It comes in very handy.


Welcome, this is my new blog. I hope that I will soon be joined by other Chesterton loving teens
This is going to be fun!!!!!