The Defendant

The Defendant : (G.K. Chesterton Classics Collection)

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Among these stories there are a certain number which deal sympathetically with the adventures of robbers, outlaws and pirates, which present in a dignified and romantic light thieves and murderers like Dick Turpin and Claude Duval. That is to say, they do precisely the same thing as Scott's 'Ivanhoe, ' Scott's 'Rob Roy, ' Scott's 'Lady of the Lake, ' Byron's 'Corsair, ' Wordsworth's 'Rob Roy's Grave, ' Stevenson's 'Macaire, ' Mr. Max Pemberton's 'Iron Pirate, ' and a thousand more works distributed systematically as prizes and Christmas presents. Nobody imagines that an admiration of Locksley in 'Ivanhoe' will lead a boy to shoot Japanese arrows at the deer in Richmond Park; no one thinks that the incautious opening of Wordsworth at the poem on Rob Roy will set him up for life as a blackmailer. In the case of our own class, we recognise that this wild life is contemplated with pleasure by the young, not because it is like their own life, but because it is different from it. It might at least cross our minds that, for whatever other reason the errand-boy reads 'The Red Revenge, ' it really is not because he is dripping with the gore of his own friends and re
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Product details

  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 3.3mm | 131.54g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1508732175
  • 9781508732174

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