The absence of fact as the essential fact

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The absence of fact as the essential fact

Postby Walt » Sat Nov 10, 2012 12:50 pm

In Conan Doyle I found this passage

"Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"
"To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."
"The dog did nothing in the night-time."
"That was the curious incident," remarked Sherlock Holmes.

‘Silver Blaze’ (The Memories of Sherlock Holmes, 1893) in The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes (1981), p. 347.

This is, what one could call, an example of “The absence of fact as the essential fact”.

I wonder: did Chesterton write something similar, for example in his Father Brown stories?

Thank you for kind attention and help.

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Re: The absence of fact as the essential fact

Postby Jonny » Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:14 pm

Welcome to the forum Walt.

It'd be surprising if something of the kind was not to be found in Father Brown. Hopefully someone can identify an instance.(I've been listening to FB audiobooks at night recently, but keep falling asleep.)
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Re: The absence of fact as the essential fact

Postby Rusmeister » Sun Nov 11, 2012 4:09 pm

I'm pretty sure you'll find it, sooner or later. That sort of thinking is generally more native to Chesterton than to Doyle; the ability to see that. Doyle was great on entertainment, and indisputably a master of the detective genre, but GKC was right - his was an illogical man's onception of logic.
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