The Man Who Knew Too Much

By Gilbert K. Chesterton | Go to book overview

II
THE VANISHING PRINCE

THIS tale begins among a tangle of tales round a name that is at once recent and legendary. The name is that of Michael O'Neill, popularly called Prince Michael, partly because he claimed descent from ancient Fenian princes, and partly because he was credited with a plan to make himself prince president of Ireland, as. the last Napoleon did of France. He was undoubtedly a gentleman of honorable pedigree and of many accomplishments, but two of his accomplishments emerged from all the rest. He had a talent for appearing when he was not wanted and a talent for disappearing when he was wanted, especially when he was wanted by the police. It may be added that his disappearances were more dangerous than his appearances. In the latter he seldom went beyond the sensational --pasting up seditious placards, tearing down official placards, making flamboyant speeches, or unfurling forbidden flags. But in order to effect the former he would sometimes fight for his freedom with startling energy, from which men were sometimes lucky to escape with a broken head

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much 1
  • II - The Vanishing Prince 34
  • III - The Soul of the Schoolboy 66
  • IV - The Bottomless Well 89
  • V - The Fad of the Fisherman 116
  • VI - The Hole in the Wall 147
  • VII - The Temple of Silence 185
  • VIII - The Vengeance of the Statue 225
  • The Trees of Pride 259
  • II - The Wager of Squire Vane 286
  • III - The Mystery of the Well 312
  • IV - The Chase After the Truth 340
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