The Club of Queer Trades

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Harper, 1905 - Detective and mystery stories, English - 269 pages
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User Review  - raizel - LibraryThing

There are a few good quotes in this collection of short stories with a common theme and main characters. If you guess the mystery in the story, however, there is not enough left---say, character ... Read full review

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User Review  - MrsLee - LibraryThing

A delightful collection of six short stories, this is one of my favorite Chesterton books yet. It is about a club whose members must have an original occupation to join and who must actually make a ... Read full review



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Page 29 - Every detail points to something, certainly; but generally to the wrong thing. Facts point in all directions, it seems to me, like the thousands of twigs on a tree.
Page 46 - Basil gazed at him curiously. The most singular psychological discovery had been reserved to the end, for as the little business man ceased speaking he had the blazing eyes of a fanatic. Major Brown received the explanation with complete simplicity and good humour. 'Of course; awfully dense, sir,
Page 241 - I NEVER said a word against eminent men of science. What I complain of is a vague popular philosophy which supposes itself to be scientific when it is really nothing but a sort of new religion and an uncommonly nasty one. When people talked about the Fall of Man, they knew they were talking about a mystery, a thing they didn't understand. Now...
Page 22 - This is an anniversary. The waiting almost makes one wish the frightful thing would happen once and for all." And even as she spoke, a sudden rending cry broke the stillness. From low down on the pavement of the dim street (it was already twilight) a voice cried out with a raucous and merciless distinctness: "Major Brown, Major Brown, where does the jackal dwell?" Brown was decisive and silent in action. He strode to the front door and looked out. There was no sign of life in the blue gloaming of...
Page 137 - Here you are, Ugly," said Basil, fluttering a cheque in the direction of the quite nonchalant officer. "Are you in a hurry?" "Yes," replied Keith, in a rather abrupt way. "As a matter of fact I want it now. I want to see my — er — business man." Rupert was eyeing him sarcastically, and I could see that it was on the tip of his tongue to say, inquiringly, "Receiver of stolen goods, perhaps.
Page 121 - I had always the feeling that that splendour and excitement were on the borderland of sanity. He lived perpetually near the vision of the reason of things which makes men lose their reason. And I felt of his insanity as men feel of the death of friends with heart disease. It might come anywhere, in a field, in a hansom cab, looking at a sunset, smoking a cigarette. It had come now. At the very moment of delivering a judgment for the salvation of a fellow creature, Basil Grant had gone mad. "Your...
Page 181 - DANCING'" things to total strangers. It is because in the total stranger we perceive man himself; the image of God is not disguised by resemblances to an uncle or doubts of the wisdom of a mustache.
Page 44 - The little huts on the rafts, and the stream of smoke when they cook supper at evening. (O something pernicious and dread ! Something far away from a puny and pious life ! Something unproved ! something in a trance ! Something escaped from the anchorage and driving free...
Page 113 - In all the nightmares that men have ever dreamed, there has never been anything so blighting and horrible as the faces of those five men...
Page 65 - It is not a true statement of the case to say that I have forgotten my career when I was a judge and a public man.

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