The Man Who Knew Too Much

By Gilbert K. Chesterton | Go to book overview

V
THE FAD OF THE FISHERMAN

A THING can sometimes be too extraordinary to be remembered. If it is clean out of the course of things, and has apparently no causes and no consequences, subsequent events do not recall it, and it remains only a subconscious thing, to be stirred by some accident long after. It drifts apart like a forgotten dream; and it was in the hour of many dreams, at daybreak and very soon after the end of dark, that such a strange sight was given to a man sculling a boat down a river in the West country. The man was awake; indeed, he considered himself rather wide awake, being the political journalist, Harold March, on his way to interview various political celebrities in their country seats. But the thing he saw was so inconsequent that it might have been imaginary. It simply slipped past his mind and was lost in later and utterly different events; nor did he even recover the memory till he had long afterward discovered the meaning.

Pale mists of morning lay on the fields and the rushes along one margin of the river; along

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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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