The Complete Father Brown StoriesBook - 2006
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"Oh, I know well enough when I'm out of my depth; and I knew I should b, when I found we were hunting a fraudulent financier instead of an ordinary human murdered. ... Now murder's almost always human and personal; but modern theft has been allowed to become quite impersonal. It isn't only secret; it's anonymous; almost avowedly anonymous. ...But modern robbery takes the form of littering the world with paper and parchment, covered merely with written lawlessness. ... He was one of the modern magicians, he had a genius for finance; and his thefts were thefts from thousands of the poor. When he did cross a line (a pretty faint line in modern law), ... then the whole world would be against him. (p. 806, 807, 812)
"The vessel was just comfortable for two people; there was only room in it for necessities, and Flambeau had stocked it with such things as his special philosophy considered necessary. They reduced themselves, evidently, to four essentials: tins of salmon, if he should want to eat; loaded revolvers, if he should want to fight; a bottle of brandy, presumably in case he should faint; and a priest, presumably in case he should die."
"Has it never struck you that a man who does next to nothing but hear men's real sins is not likely to be wholly unaware of human evil?" - Father Brown
"You see, I had murdered them all myself . . . I had planned out each of the crimes very carefully. I had thought out exactly how a thing like that could be done, and in what style or state of mind a man could really do it. And when I was quite sure that I felt exactly like the murderer myself, of course I knew who he was." - Father Brown
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