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G.K. Chesterton

The Ballad of St. Barbara

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The touch and the tornado; all our guns give tongue together St. Barbara for the gunnery and God defend the right, They are stopped and gapped and battered as we blast away the weather. Building window upon window to our lady of the light.

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The Ballad of the White Horse

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The Ballad of the White Horse is a poem by G. K. Chesterton about the idealized exploits of the Saxon King Alfred the Great, published in 1911. Written in ballad form, the work is usually considered one of the last great traditional epic poems ever written in the English language. The poem narrates how Alfred was able to defeat the invading Danes at the Battle of Ethandun under the auspices of God working through the agency of the Virgin Mary.

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The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond

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The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond is G. K. Chesterton's final collection of detective stories, published after his death in 1936. Of the eight mysteries, seven were first printed in the Storyteller magazine. The Unmentionable Man was unique to the book.The stories revolve around a civil servant named Mr. Pond (we are not told his first name). He is described as a very ordinary and fish-like man who has a habit of startling those who meet him with outrageous paradoxical statements.

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The Absence of Mr. Glass

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The great Orion Hood's scientific triumphs had deprived him of many things, some said of his health, others of his God: but they had not wholly despoiled him of his sense of the absurd. At the last plea of the ingenuous priest a chuckle broke out of him from inside.

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The Trees of Pride

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The Trees of Pride is written by G.K. Chesterton. A little way along the lower path by the trees he encountered a woodcutter, one Martin, who was more explicit, having more of a grievance. His daughter was at that time seriously ill with a fever recently common on that coast, and the Squire, who was a kind-hearted gentleman, would normally have made allowances for low spirits and loss of temper.

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A Miscellany of Men

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A Miscellany of Men is written by G.K. Chesterton. There is no kind of comparison possible between a quarrel of man and woman (however right the woman may be) and the other quarrels of slave and master, of rich and poor, or of patriot and invader, with which the Suffragists deluge us every day.

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The Defendant

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The Defendant is written by G.K. Chesterton. In certain endless uplands, uplands like great flats gone dizzy, slopes that seem to contradict the idea that there is even such a thing as a level, and make us all realize that we live on a planet with a sloping roof, you will come from time to time upon whole valleys filled with loose rocks and boulders.

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The Club of Queer Trades

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The Club of Queer Trades is written by G.K. Chesterton. Rabelais, or his wild illustrator Gustave Dore, must have had something to do with the designing of the things called flats in England and America. There is something entirely Gargantuan in the idea of economising space by piling houses on top of each other, front doors and all.

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The Appetite of Tyranny

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The Appetite of Tyranny is written by G.K. Chesterton. It may be that the master of the house was burned because he was drunk; it may be that the mistress of the house was burned because she was stingy, and perished arguing about the expense of the fire-escape. It is, nevertheless, broadly true that they both were burned because I set fire to their house. That is the story of the thing.

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All Things Considered

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All Things Considered is written by G.K. Chesterton. I cannot understand the people who take literature seriously; but I can love them, and I do. Out of my love I warn them to keep clear of this book. It is a collection of crude and shapeless papers upon current or rather flying subjects; and they must be published pretty much as they stand.

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