History Literature / FatherBrown

10th Feb '18 2:26:47 AM TropeRoper
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Never let it be said that the clergy don’t have a sense of humor. Father Brown finds the crimes of “The Strange Crime of John Boulnois” and “The Absence of Mr Glass” worthy of a good laugh, as [[spoiler: they were just harmless pranks.]]



* MadArtist: Played seriously in “The Actor and the Alibi”, where [[spoiler: an actress murders her stage manager husband and makes off with a young actor for fame and glory]], and deconstructed in “The Mirror of the Magistrate” where an artist’s eccentric behaviour makes him a suspect in a murder.



* UglyGuyHotWife: Deconstructed in "The Scandal of Father Brown". Father Brown points out that a rich, beautiful girl who has always gotten whatever she wanted is not likely to have married an ugly old man: she'd have no reason to.

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* UglyGuyHotWife: Deconstructed in "The Scandal of Father Brown". Father Brown points out that a rich, beautiful girl who has always gotten whatever she wanted is not likely Played seriously in “The Strange Crime of John Boulnois” and “The Man in the Passage” (the latter to have married an ugly old man: she'd have no reason to.tragic effect).
6th Feb '18 11:49:13 PM Professor_Q
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* EvilDetectingDog: Invoked in "The Oracle of the Dog" [[spoiler: and ultimately subverted as the dog didn't dedect any evil, but was just melancholy and irritable]].

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* EvilDetectingDog: Invoked in "The Oracle of the Dog" [[spoiler: and ultimately subverted as the dog didn't dedect detect any evil, but was just melancholy and irritable]].annoyed by a stick that didn't behave as it should - which turned out to be a murder weapon.]].
19th Dec '17 6:08:25 AM TropeRoper
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* BerserkButton: Father Brown has an almost saintly level of patience when it comes to just about any character flaw. However, even he has buttons that ought not be pressed. Notable instances include ''The Oracle of the Dog'' where he snaps at his friend for suggesting that a [[EvilDetectingDog dog has the ability to judge a person's character]], and in ''The Arrow of Heaven'' and ''The Chief Mourner of Marne'' where he gives an impassioned ReasonYouSuckSpeech to two different groups of people for suggesting that a murderer should be lynched and then suddenly deciding that the same murder was excusable once they discovered who the murderer actually was.

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* BerserkButton: Father Brown has an almost saintly level of patience when it comes to just about any character flaw. However, even he has buttons that ought not be pressed. Notable instances include ''The Oracle of the Dog'' where he snaps at his friend for suggesting that a [[EvilDetectingDog dog has the ability to judge a person's character]], and A major button is hypocrisy - in ''The Arrow of Heaven'' and ''The Chief Mourner of Marne'' where Marne'', he gives an impassioned ReasonYouSuckSpeech to two different groups of people for suggesting that following double standards: in one story a murderer should be lynched was approved and then suddenly deciding that considered to be let off, and in the same murder was excusable once they discovered who the other story a murderer actually was. was forgiven and later on condemned and reviled.



** It happens in a lot of Father Brown stories actually, when a murderer is exposed.



* EvilDetectingDog: Subverted in "The Oracle of the Dog".

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* EvilDetectingDog: Subverted Invoked in "The Oracle of the Dog".Dog" [[spoiler: and ultimately subverted as the dog didn't dedect any evil, but was just melancholy and irritable]].


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* TheGamblingAddict: Father Brown describes the criminal in "The Oracle of the Dog" as this: [[spoiler: he was desperate for money to clear his gambling debts, but he didn't know if the money would come to him, and it didn't. Rather than commit a honest murder of a rich relative he saw it as a risk a real gambler should try to win.]]


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* SmallNameBigEGo: Father Brown describes the criminal in "The Actor and the Alibi" as this: [[spoiler: she was an ambitious actress who murdered her dull old-fashioned husband so that she could be free of him and seek a better career with a handsome uprising actor.]]
3rd Dec '17 9:10:45 PM SoapheadChurch
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* BerserkButton: Father Brown has an almost saintly level of patience when it comes to just about any character flaw. However, even he has buttons that ought not be pressed. Notable instances include ''The Oracle of the Dog'' where he snaps at his friend for suggesting that a [[EvilDetectingDog dog has the ability to judge a person's character]], and in ''The Arrow of Heaven'' and ''The Chief Mourner of Marne'' where he gives an impassioned ReasonYouSuckSpeech to two different groups of people for suggesting that a murderer should be lynched and then suddenly deciding that the same murder was excusable once they discovered who the murderer actually was.



* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: Alluded to in "The Oracle of the Dog" -- "With your Citizen Riquetti you have puzzled Europe for ten days."

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* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: Alluded to in "The Oracle of the Dog" -- "With your Citizen Riquetti you have puzzled Europe for ten days."" Father Brown is referring to the infamous Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, Count of Mirabeau, who abandoned his noble titles to become a leader in the French Revolution (thus became just plain Citizen Riqueti). [[spoiler: He's alluding to the fact that one of the characters involved in the mystery is a French nobleman who abandoned his title and is just using his ordinary surname]]
14th Nov '17 3:52:20 PM benda
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* UglyGuyHotWife: Deconstructed in one story. Father Brown points out that a rich, beautiful girl who has always gotten whatever she wanted is not likely to have married an ugly old man: she'd have no reason to.

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* UglyGuyHotWife: Deconstructed in one story."The Scandal of Father Brown". Father Brown points out that a rich, beautiful girl who has always gotten whatever she wanted is not likely to have married an ugly old man: she'd have no reason to.
14th Nov '17 3:47:42 PM benda
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** Subverted with Valentin, who bows to Father Brown's intellect in "The Blue Cross", but then [[spoiler:goes full-on WellIntentionedExtremist and then takes his own life]] in "The Secret Garden".

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** Subverted with Valentin, who bows to Father Brown's intellect in "The Blue Cross", but then [[spoiler:goes full-on WellIntentionedExtremist NotSoWellIntentionedExtremist and then takes his own life]] in "The Secret Garden".
14th Nov '17 3:46:55 PM benda
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* TomatoInTheMirror: "The Man in the Passage". [[spoiler:The mysterious figure glimpsed in the passage at the time of the murder was the witness's own reflection. The important question being, how could there be a reflection when the passage was searched soon afterward and no mirror found?]]

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* TomatoInTheMirror: "The Man in the Passage". [[spoiler:The mysterious figure glimpsed in the passage at the time of the murder was the witness's own reflection. The important question being, how could there be a reflection when the passage was searched soon afterward and no mirror found?]]]]
14th Nov '17 3:45:50 PM benda
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** ...or, to put it more concisely and up to [[InvertedTrope inverting the trope]], as Fathr Brown does in "The Oracle of the Dog",

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** ...or, to put it more concisely and up to [[InvertedTrope inverting the trope]], as Fathr Father Brown does in "The Oracle of the Dog",
13th Nov '17 9:37:13 PM PaulA
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* PreemptiveDeclaration: Used by Father Brown, of all people, in "The Blue Cross."

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* PreemptiveDeclaration: PreemptiveApology: Used by Father Brown, of all people, Brown in "The Blue Cross."Cross".
13th Nov '17 9:33:44 PM PaulA
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!! '''Tropes featured in this series include: (Note that the following examples are heavy on spoilers!)'''

* ActuallyThatsMyAssistant: Invoked in "The Scandal of Father Brown"

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!! '''Tropes Tropes featured in this series include: (Note that the following examples are heavy on spoilers!)'''

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* ActuallyThatsMyAssistant: Invoked in "The Scandal of Father Brown"Brown".



* AttendingYourOwnFuneral: In "The Resurrection of Father Brown"

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* AttendingYourOwnFuneral: In "The Resurrection of Father Brown"Brown".



* BeliefMakesYouStupid: Taken down with extreme prejudice in Father Brown's very first story, ''"The Blue Cross"''
-->"...But, as a matter of fact, another part of my trade, too, made me sure you weren't a priest."
-->"What?" asked the thief, almost gaping.
-->"You attacked reason," said Father Brown. "It's bad theology."

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* BeliefMakesYouStupid: BeliefMakesYouStupid:
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Taken down with extreme prejudice in Father Brown's very first story, ''"The "The Blue Cross"''
-->"...
Cross".
--->"...
But, as a matter of fact, another part of my trade, too, made me sure you weren't a priest."
-->"What?"
"\\
"What?"
asked the thief, almost gaping.
-->"You
gaping.\\
"You
attacked reason," said Father Brown. "It's bad theology."



--> Don't think I blame you for jumping to preternatural conclusions. The reason's very simple, really. You all swore you were hard-shelled materialists; and as a matter of fact you were all balanced on the very edge of belief — of belief in almost anything. There are thousands balanced on it today; but it's a sharp, uncomfortable edge to sit on. You won't rest till you believe something; that's why Mr. Vandam went through new religions with a tooth-comb, and Mr. Alboin quotes Scripture for his religion of breathing exercises, and Mr. Fenner grumbles at the very God he denies. That's where you all split; it's natural to believe in the supernatural. It never feels natural to accept only natural things.

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--> Don't --->"Don't think I blame you for jumping to preternatural conclusions. The reason's very simple, really. You all swore you were hard-shelled materialists; and as a matter of fact you were all balanced on the very edge of belief — of belief in almost anything. There are thousands balanced on it today; but it's a sharp, uncomfortable edge to sit on. You won't rest till you believe something; that's why Mr. Vandam went through new religions with a tooth-comb, and Mr. Alboin quotes Scripture for his religion of breathing exercises, and Mr. Fenner grumbles at the very God he denies. That's where you all split; it's natural to believe in the supernatural. It never feels natural to accept only natural things."



--> The first effect of not believing in God, is that you lose your common sense.

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--> The --->"The first effect of not believing in God, is that you lose your common sense."



* Clark Kenting: Done in “The Duel of Dr Hirsch”. While the trick fools mostly everyone, Father Brown sees through it because it’s done too well: two opposing personas, one who refused to see the other, had to be part of a masquerade.

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* Clark Kenting: ClarkKenting: Done in “The "The Duel of Dr Hirsch”. Hirsch". While the trick fools mostly almost everyone, Father Brown sees through it because it’s it's done too well: two opposing personas, one who refused to see the other, had to be part of a masquerade. masquerade.



* {{Confessional}}: Is very often Father Brown's goal for the criminals he detects.
** He also claims that it is the source of his uncanny insight into the criminal mind:
-->''“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?"''
* CreepyCathedral: In "The Hammer of God", though it's technically just a church. [[spoiler: Father Brown implies that it was the practice of praying at the great height and literally looking down on everybody else which made the murderer susceptible to the thoughts of his own infallibility and a right to kill - appropriately enough, with DeathFromAbove.]]

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* {{Confessional}}: Is very often Father Brown's goal for the criminals he detects.
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detects. He also claims that it is the source of his uncanny insight into the criminal mind:
-->''“Has -->"Has it never struck you that a man who does next to nothing but hear men’s men's real sins is not likely to be wholly unaware of human evil?"''
evil?"
* CreepyCathedral: In "The Hammer of God", though it's technically just a church. [[spoiler: Father [[spoiler:Father Brown implies that it was the practice of praying at the great height and literally looking down on everybody else which made the murderer susceptible to the thoughts of his own infallibility and a right to kill - -- appropriately enough, with DeathFromAbove.]]



* DeadPersonImpersonation: In one story, the murderer almost gets away by putting on a bathrobe and pretending to be the man Father Brown was trying to find. In another, the murderer pretends to be his victim, blatantly displays his victim's corpse (disguised as someone else's), fakes 'his' suicide, and gets away. In yet another, someone [[spoiler: in a duel]] pretends to die, later shoots his antagonist, and to avoid detection pretends to be that antagonist, shutting himself away out of guilt.

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* DeadPersonImpersonation: DeadPersonImpersonation:
**
In one story, the murderer almost gets away by putting on a bathrobe and pretending to be the man Father Brown was trying to find. find.
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In another, the murderer pretends to be his victim, blatantly displays his victim's corpse (disguised as someone else's), fakes 'his' suicide, and gets away. away.
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In yet another, someone [[spoiler: in [[spoiler:in a duel]] pretends to die, later shoots his antagonist, and to avoid detection pretends to be that antagonist, shutting himself away out of guilt.



-->"Your whole case was founded on the idea that a man looking like a young god couldn’t be called [[spoiler: ‘Potter.’]] Believe me, names are not so appropriately distributed.”
* DecoyProtagonist: [[spoiler: Valentin, introduced as the protagonist in the first short story; returns as the protagonist for the second short story, and commits suicide at the end of the same story.]]

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-->"Your whole case was founded on the idea that a man looking like a young god couldn’t couldn't be called [[spoiler: ‘Potter.’]] [[spoiler:'Potter.']] Believe me, names are not so appropriately distributed.
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* DecoyProtagonist: [[spoiler: Valentin, [[spoiler:Valentin, introduced as the protagonist in the first short story; returns as the protagonist for the second short story, and commits suicide at the end of the same story.]] ]]



* DrivenToSuicide: Not uncommon in the ''Father Brown'' stories, as for instance, in "The Secret Garden": "...and on the blind face of the suicide was more than the pride of Cato [[note]]Quoth Martin Gardiner in his annotated edition of the Father Brown stories, "The pride that Chesterton considers greater than Cato's is, of course, that of Satan."[[/note]]."
* DuelToTheDeath: In "The Duel of Dr. Hirsch," the eponymous doctor issues is a party in a duel that does not quite come off.

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* DrivenToSuicide: Not uncommon in the ''Father Brown'' stories, as for instance, The murderer commits suicide rather than submit to arrest in "The Secret Garden": "...and on the blind face of the suicide was more than the pride of Cato Cato." [[note]]Quoth Martin Gardiner in his annotated edition of the Father Brown stories, "The pride that Chesterton considers greater than Cato's is, of course, that of Satan."[[/note]]."
"[[/note]]
* DuelToTheDeath: In "The Duel of Dr. Hirsch," the eponymous doctor issues is a party in a duel that does not quite come off.



* HollywoodAtheist: Aristide Valentin in "The Secret Garden". [[spoiler: In the end it turns out he's not only this, but also NotSoWellIntentionedExtremist.]]
* Horrible Judge of Character: “The Miracle of Moon Crescent” has an industrialist who came across three beggars and divided them up on spontaneous analysis: one became his assistant, one became a clerk and one was put in an institution. [[spoiler: They were best friends, and were so offended by this act that they killed him in revenge.]]

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* HollywoodAtheist: Aristide Valentin in "The Secret Garden". [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the end it turns out he's not only this, but also NotSoWellIntentionedExtremist.]]
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* Horrible Judge of Character: “The HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: "The Miracle of Moon Crescent” Crescent" has an industrialist who came across three beggars and divided them up on spontaneous analysis: one became his assistant, one became a clerk and one was put in an institution. [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They were best friends, and were so offended by this act that they killed him in revenge.]]



* INeverSaidItWasPoison: Done remarkably subtly in "The Green Man". [[spoiler: The victim, a seaman returning from the long-distance sea travel, was found dead in a pool. However, when the murderer was told that the victim had drowned, he immediately asked where the body was found - though the logical conclusion would be that the seaman had drowned at sea and thus his body was never recovered.]]

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* INeverSaidItWasPoison: Done remarkably subtly in "The Green Man". [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The victim, a seaman returning from the long-distance sea travel, was found dead in a pool. However, when the murderer was told that the victim had drowned, he immediately asked where the body was found - -- though the logical conclusion would be that the seaman had drowned at sea and thus his body was never recovered.]]



-->‘Yes,’ answered Father Brown, ‘I believe in miracles. I believe in man-eating tigers, but I don’t see them running about everywhere. If I want any miracles, I know where to get them.’

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-->‘Yes,’ -->"Yes," answered Father Brown, ‘I "I believe in miracles. I believe in man-eating tigers, but I don’t don't see them running about everywhere. If I want any miracles, I know where to get them."



* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: [[spoiler:Detective Valentin.]] In his first appearance, in "[[spoiler:The Blue Cross]], he's an atheist but comes to respect Father Brown's intellect. The story appears to set him up to be TheWatson in future stories. In his second appearance, in "[[spoiler:The Secret Garden]]", he's the murderer: his raging atheism makes him kill to prevent a large donation to the Church. And he commits suicide, rather than submitting to arrest.
* Karma Houdini: An unusual variation: Father Brown lets criminals go off rather easily, even though some have done terrible deeds. He leaves justice to Heaven rather than human law, and believes that sinners can never be really happy with their deeds and deserve to be saved rather than punished.
* LargeHam: The prosecutor in "The Mirror of the Magistrate" :
--> “Yes,” he cried in a vibrating voice, “my learned friend is perfectly right! We do not know the exact reason why this honourable public servant was murdered. We shall not know the reason why the next public servant is murdered. If my learned friend himself falls a victim to his eminence, and the hatred which the hellish powers of destruction feel for the guardians of law, he will be murdered, and he will not know the reason. Half the decent people in this court will be butchered in their beds, and we shall not know the reason. And we shall never know the reason and never arrest the massacre, until it has depopulated our country, so long as the defence is permitted to stop all proceedings with this stale tag about ‘motive,’ when every other fact in the case, every glaring incongruity, every gaping silence, tells us that we stand in the presence of Cain.”
[[spoiler: Father Brown lampshades that being a murderer, he has good reason to rant about executing an innocent man]]

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* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: [[spoiler:Detective Valentin.]] In his first appearance, in "[[spoiler:The Blue Cross]], Cross]]", he's an atheist but comes to respect Father Brown's intellect. The story appears to set him up to be TheWatson in future stories. In his second appearance, in "[[spoiler:The Secret Garden]]", he's the murderer: his raging atheism makes him kill to prevent a large donation to the Church. And he commits suicide, rather than submitting to arrest.
* Karma Houdini: KarmaHoudini: An unusual variation: Father Brown lets criminals go off rather easily, even though some have done terrible deeds. He leaves justice to Heaven rather than human law, and believes that sinners can never be really happy with their deeds and deserve to be saved rather than punished.
punished.
* LargeHam: The prosecutor in "The Mirror of the Magistrate" :
Magistrate". [[spoiler:Father Brown lampshades that being a murderer, he has good reason to rant about executing an innocent man]].
--> “Yes,” "Yes," he cried in a vibrating voice, “my "my learned friend is perfectly right! We do not know the exact reason why this honourable public servant was murdered. We shall not know the reason why the next public servant is murdered. If my learned friend himself falls a victim to his eminence, and the hatred which the hellish powers of destruction feel for the guardians of law, he will be murdered, and he will not know the reason. Half the decent people in this court will be butchered in their beds, and we shall not know the reason. And we shall never know the reason and never arrest the massacre, until it has depopulated our country, so long as the defence is permitted to stop all proceedings with this stale tag about ‘motive,’ 'motive,' when every other fact in the case, every glaring incongruity, every gaping silence, tells us that we stand in the presence of Cain.
[[spoiler: Father Brown lampshades that being a murderer, he has good reason to rant about executing an innocent man]]
"



* LiteralMinded: The probably-autistic title character in "The Honour of Israel Gow". The various bizarre and apparently sinister events of the story turn out to be because of Gow's literal and scrupulously honest interpretation of his equally-eccentric dead employer's dying wish for Gow to inherit all his gold - which Gow interpreted as "every scrap of gold in the house '''and nothing else'''".

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* LiteralMinded: The probably-autistic title character in "The Honour of Israel Gow". The various bizarre and apparently sinister events of the story turn out to be because of Gow's literal and scrupulously honest interpretation of his equally-eccentric dead employer's dying wish for Gow to inherit all his gold - -- which Gow interpreted as "every scrap of gold in the house '''and ''and nothing else'''".else''".



* MaliciousSlander: he was a victim of this in "Scandal"

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* MaliciousSlander: he Father Brown was a victim of this in "Scandal""Scandal".



* MoralEventHorizon: Discussed [[InUniverse in-universe]] in "The Sign of the Broken Sword". Being a greedy and corrupted traitor? Not okay. Killing the one who found out about that? Real bad. ''[[spoiler:[[UriahGambit Leading the whole regiment in a pointlessly suicidal attack]] so that the deceased would be lost in a field of corpses]]?'' There we go.
** Deconstructed in "The Chief Mourner of Marne:" while the other characters are insisting that a character's crime - [[spoiler:PlayingPossum in a duel in order to murder his own brother]] - is absolutely unforgivable, Father Brown reminds them that from a Christian point of view there is no such thing as an unforgivable crime.

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* MoralEventHorizon: MoralEventHorizon:
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Discussed [[InUniverse in-universe]] in "The Sign of the Broken Sword". Being a greedy and corrupted traitor? Not okay. Killing the one who found out about that? Real bad. ''[[spoiler:[[UriahGambit Leading the whole regiment in a pointlessly suicidal attack]] so that the deceased would be lost in a field of corpses]]?'' There we go.
** Deconstructed in "The Chief Mourner of Marne:" Marne": while the other characters are insisting that a character's crime - -- [[spoiler:PlayingPossum in a duel in order to murder his own brother]] - -- is absolutely unforgivable, Father Brown reminds them that from a Christian point of view there is no such thing as an unforgivable crime. crime.



* NiceToTheWaiter: "The Actor and the Alibi".
** Used in a much lighter fashion in ''The Blast of the Book.''
* NeverSuicide: Subverted in "The Three Tools of Death" when [[spoiler: Sir Aaron Armstrong commits suicide and everyone thinks it's murder.]]

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* NiceToTheWaiter: NiceToTheWaiter:
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"The Actor and the Alibi".
** Used in a much lighter fashion in ''The "The Blast of the Book.''
Book".
* NeverSuicide: Subverted in "The Three Tools of Death" when [[spoiler: Sir [[spoiler:Sir Aaron Armstrong commits suicide and everyone thinks it's murder.]]



* PepperSneeze: In "The Salad of Colonel Cray," a key clue to the mystery is some unexplained sneezes heard near the scene of the crime. It is eventually explained that the criminal sneezed when throwing away to the dustbin the pepper that could have been used to counter the action of the poison he was planning to use.
** Also the explanation for why the assailant '''sneezed''' when shot at. [[spoiler: [[PocketProtector The pepper pot in his pocket stopped the bullet]].]]

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* PepperSneeze: In "The Salad of Colonel Cray," a Cray":
** A
key clue to the mystery is some unexplained sneezes heard near the scene of the crime. It is eventually explained that the criminal sneezed when throwing away to the dustbin the pepper that could have been used to counter the action of the poison he was planning to use.
** Also the explanation for why the assailant '''sneezed''' ''sneezed'' when shot at. [[spoiler: [[PocketProtector [[spoiler:[[PocketProtector The pepper pot in his pocket stopped the bullet]].]]



--> '''Waiter:''' 'The parson at the door he says all serene, 'Sorry to confuse your accounts, but it'll pay for the window.' 'What window?' I says. 'The one I'm going to break,' he says, and smashed that blessed pane with his umbrella.

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--> '''Waiter:''' 'The The parson at the door he says all serene, 'Sorry to confuse your accounts, but it'll pay for the window.' 'What window?' I says. 'The one I'm going to break,' he says, and smashed that blessed pane with his umbrella.



* RealityEnsues: Pauline Stacey's refusal to acknowledge [[spoiler: her vision loss]] and commitment to Kalon's Church of Apollo, which has a rite of staring directly into the sun, [[spoiler: causes her to go blind.]]

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* RealityEnsues: Pauline Stacey's refusal to acknowledge [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her vision loss]] and commitment to Kalon's Church of Apollo, which has a rite of staring directly into the sun, [[spoiler: causes [[spoiler:causes her to go blind.]]



* SatchelSwitcheroo: Used ''twice'' in ''The Blue Cross''.

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* SatchelSwitcheroo: Used ''twice'' in ''The "The Blue Cross''.Cross".



-->'''Father Brown''': Where would a wise man hide a leaf? In the forest. If there were no forest, he would make a forest. And if he wished to hide a dead leaf, he would make a dead forest. And if a man had to hide a dead body, he would make a field of dead bodies to hide it in.
* SherlockScan: Subverted in "The Absence of Mr Glass," in which some characters involve a brilliant criminologist in a domestic case, where he concludes with a sinister and dramatic interpretation of some facts. [[spoiler: Dramatic and totally false. The apparent killer is only a stage magician, so that the cards, the knives, the swords and the mysteriously large top hat have a very simple explanation]]. At the end of the tale, everyone (including the criminologist) is laughing.

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-->'''Father Brown''': Brown:''' Where would a wise man hide a leaf? In the forest. If there were no forest, he would make a forest. And if he wished to hide a dead leaf, he would make a dead forest. And if a man had to hide a dead body, he would make a field of dead bodies to hide it in.
* SherlockScan: SherlockScan:
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Subverted in "The Absence of Mr Glass," Glass", in which some characters involve a brilliant criminologist in a domestic case, where he concludes with a sinister and dramatic interpretation of some facts. [[spoiler: Dramatic [[spoiler:Dramatic and totally false. The apparent killer is only a stage magician, so that the cards, the knives, the swords and the mysteriously large top hat have a very simple explanation]]. At the end of the tale, everyone (including the criminologist) is laughing.



* [[SillyRabbitRomanceIsForKids Silly Rabbit, Romance Is For Kids!]]: At least, it's not for movie stars on their fifth marriages.

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* [[SillyRabbitRomanceIsForKids Silly Rabbit, Romance Is For Kids!]]: SillyRabbitRomanceIsForKids: At least, it's not for movie stars on their fifth marriages.



* SpannerInTheWorks: Joan Stacey in ''The Eye of Apollo'' is this to [[spoiler: Kalon's scheme to kill her older sister Pauline for her inheritance. Pauline was blind, and Joan filled her fountain pens with ink for her. However, she left a pen un-filled for Pauline to write her will (which would have left everything to Kalon) with. The pen ran out before the will could be finished, meaning that Kalon got nothing.]]

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* SpannerInTheWorks: Joan Stacey in ''The "The Eye of Apollo'' Apollo" is this to [[spoiler: Kalon's [[spoiler:Kalon's scheme to kill her older sister Pauline for her inheritance. Pauline was blind, and Joan filled her fountain pens with ink for her. However, she left a pen un-filled for Pauline to write her will (which would have left everything to Kalon) with. The pen ran out before the will could be finished, meaning that Kalon got nothing.]]



* StepfordSmiler: Aaron Armstrong being this is the whole point of "Three Tools of Death". Discussed InUniverse by Father Brown: "Why couldn’t they let him weep a little, like his fathers before him? His plans stiffened, his views grew cold; behind that merry mask was the empty mind of the atheist." [[spoiler: He committed suicide.]]

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* StepfordSmiler: Aaron Armstrong being this is the whole point of "Three Tools of Death". Discussed InUniverse by Father Brown: "Why couldn’t couldn't they let him weep a little, like his fathers before him? His plans stiffened, his views grew cold; behind that merry mask was the empty mind of the atheist." [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He committed suicide.]] ]]



--> The deputation of distinguished geologists and mineralogists from Paris and Berlin were there in the most magnificent and appropriate dress, for there are no men who like wearing their decorations so much as the men of science - as anybody knows who has ever been to a soiree of the Royal Society.

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--> The deputation of distinguished geologists and mineralogists from Paris and Berlin were there in the most magnificent and appropriate dress, for there are no men who like wearing their decorations so much as the men of science - -- as anybody knows who has ever been to a soiree of the Royal Society.



* TheUriahGambit: In [[spoiler:"The Sign of the Broken Sword."]]

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* TheUriahGambit: TheUriahGambit:
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In [[spoiler:"The Sign of the Broken Sword."]]



* TomatoInTheMirror: "The Man in the Passage". [[spoiler: Literally, concerning the latter part.]]
* UglyGuyHotWife: Deconstructed in one story. Father Brown points out that a rich, beautiful girl who has always gotten whatever she wanted is not likely to have married an ugly old man: she'd have no reason to.

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* TomatoInTheMirror: "The Man in the Passage". [[spoiler: Literally, concerning [[spoiler:The mysterious figure glimpsed in the latter part.]]
passage at the time of the murder was the witness's own reflection. The important question being, how could there be a reflection when the passage was searched soon afterward and no mirror found?]]
* UglyGuyHotWife: Deconstructed in one story. Father Brown points out that a rich, beautiful girl who has always gotten whatever she wanted is not likely to have married an ugly old man: she'd have no reason to.



* TheWatson: Subverted with Valentin, who bows to Father Brown's intellect in ''The Blue Cross'', but then [[spoiler:goes full-on WellIntentionedExtremist and then takes his own life]] in ''The Secret Garden''.

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* TheWatson: TheWatson:
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Subverted with Valentin, who bows to Father Brown's intellect in ''The "The Blue Cross'', Cross", but then [[spoiler:goes full-on WellIntentionedExtremist and then takes his own life]] in ''The "The Secret Garden''.Garden".



* WhamLine: In the third story, "Queer Feet". "I'm a priest, [[spoiler:Monsieur Flambeau]], and I'm ready to hear your confession."
** Also in ''The Blue Cross'' when Valentine believes he has gone on a wild goose chase after two harmless, theology-debating clerics and is ready to creep away:
--> "On plains of opal, under cliffs cut out of pearl, you would still find a notice-board, ''Thou shalt not steal.''"
** And again in ''The Chief Mourner of Marne:'' [[spoiler: "It isn't Jim at all. It's Maurice!"]]

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* WhamLine: WhamLine:
** In "The Blue Cross", Valentin believes he has gone on a wild goose chase after two harmless, theology-debating clerics and is ready to creep away, when one of them says:
---> "On plains of opal, under cliffs cut out of pearl, you would still find a notice-board, ''Thou shalt not steal.''"
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In the third story, "Queer Feet". "I'm a priest, [[spoiler:Monsieur Flambeau]], and I'm ready to hear your confession."
** Also in ''The Blue Cross'' when Valentine believes he has gone on a wild goose chase after two harmless, theology-debating clerics and is ready to creep away:
--> "On plains of opal, under cliffs cut out of pearl, you would still find a notice-board, ''Thou shalt not steal.''"
** And again in ''The
In "The Chief Mourner of Marne:'' [[spoiler: "It Marne": [[spoiler:"It isn't Jim at all. It's Maurice!"]]



* WhodunnitToMe?: In "The Resurrection of Father Brown."

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* WhodunnitToMe?: WhodunnitToMe: In "The Resurrection of Father Brown."



* You Gotta Have Purple Hair: The Purple Wig.
* You Just Told Me: In “The Arrow of Heaven” Father Brown talks to three people and gets them to explain how they could have committed a murder.[[spoiler: He uses this to justify their innocence, because had they actually killed someone they’d be wary and tense about revealing their knowledge, even if they could act natural about it.]]

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* You Gotta Have Purple Hair: YouGottaHaveBlueHair: The Purple Wig.
Wig.
* You Just Told Me: YouJustToldMe: In “The "The Arrow of Heaven” Heaven", Father Brown talks to three people and gets them to explain how they could have committed a murder.[[spoiler: He murder. [[spoiler:He uses this to justify their innocence, because had they actually killed someone they’d they'd be wary and tense about revealing their knowledge, even if they could act natural about it.]]
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