In the absence of the President I have been commissioned to supply your Father Brown Friday.
Anyway, here it is.
“Like a true philosopher he had no aim in his holiday; but, like a true philosopher he had an excuse.”
Why would it be especially like a true philosopher to have no aim in ones holiday?
Why would it be like one to have an excuse?
Is there any significance in the green ink? Has it any thing to do, for instance, with the “green carnation”?
Point of interest:
Flambeau, a Frenchmen, says “by Jove” and “by George”; two very English phrases. This is also done by another Chestertonian Frenchmen, Colonel Ducroix, in The Man Who Was Thursday.
Another point of interest:
It’s interesting how the way people think about fairies has changed over time. It’s also interesting how the idea varies depending on story telling medium. For instance, in fairy tales the fairies are strictly divided into good fairies and bad fairies and no matter which they are, are very regal and human. In folk tales, however, the fairies are wild and wicked and uncivilized, much different from the bad fairy tale fairies who, though wicked, are nevertheless refined. To illustrate, the bad fairy from the fairy tale will turn you into a mouse and chain you on a table and inch from a crumb of meatloaf, but a folk tale fairy will abduct you or your child.
And now, I hand it to you.