History Literature / FatherBrown

12th Feb '17 12:53:30 PM morenohijazo
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* TheWickedStage: In one of the stories, Father Brown realizes that an alleged High Church Anglican is a fake when his poses are inconsistent; for instance, he's severe about acting, which is rather more Low Church.
20th Dec '16 6:32:01 AM LondonKdS
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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 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 nothing else'''.else'''".
20th Dec '16 6:31:08 AM LondonKdS
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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 nothing else'''.
18th Dec '16 3:37:02 PM ZarbiNerada
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* Main/{{Mondegreen}}: In "The Absence of Mr. Glass", [[spoiler:Mr. Glass does not exist. What Todhunter, a stage magician in training, really said (while practicing juggling) was, "...Two, three--Missed a glass."]]
10th Dec '16 7:15:14 PM foxley
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* SerialKillingsSpecificTarget: One of the earliest examples (though the disguise is an intentionally provoked military battle rather than a serial killing) is "The Sign of the Broken Sword" (1911). In Father Brown's own words:
-->'''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.
24th Nov '16 5:41:45 PM BobTanaka
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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 marry an ugly old man.

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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 marry have married an ugly old man.man: she'd have no reason to.
24th Nov '16 5:40:31 PM BobTanaka
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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 marry an ugly old man.

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* UglyGuyHotWife: Deconstructed: Deconstructed in one story, story. Father Brown points out that a rich, beautiful girl who has always gotten whatever she wanted is not likely to marry an ugly old man.
24th Nov '16 5:39:58 PM BobTanaka
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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 marry an ugly old man.
31st Oct '16 3:34:38 AM radiaki
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* BeliefMakesYouStupid: Subverted with extreme prejudice.
** The aversion of this trope is lampshaded in Father Brown's very first story, ''"The Blue Cross"''

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* BeliefMakesYouStupid: Subverted Taken down with extreme prejudice.
** The aversion of this trope is lampshaded
prejudice in Father Brown's very first story, ''"The Blue Cross"''



** Actually {{Inverted}} on a couple of occasions, when Father Brown essentially states that he knows a certain mysterious occurrence was ''not'' BlackMagic because he knows what BlackMagic looks like and [whatever mysterious occurrence they're discussing] does not fit the signs.

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** Actually {{Inverted}} on On a couple of occasions, when Father Brown essentially states that he knows a certain mysterious occurrence was ''not'' BlackMagic because he knows what BlackMagic looks like and [whatever mysterious occurrence they're discussing] does not fit the signs.



** Simulataneously played straight and inverted in "The Queer Feet", in which Flambeau infiltrates a high-class party in black tie. When he's at the table, he behaves like a waiter (causing the guests to pay no attention to him), but when he's away from the table, he instead behaves like a guest (so the waiters, who are familiar with each other, don't find him out).

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** Simulataneously played straight and inverted in In "The Queer Feet", in which Flambeau infiltrates a high-class party in black tie. When he's at the table, he behaves like a waiter (causing the guests to pay no attention to him), but when he's away from the table, he instead behaves like a guest (so the waiters, who are familiar with each other, don't find him out).



--->N.B. The good Padre is probably talking about the miraculous transubstantiation of bread and wine into the literal body of Christ during the Eucharist, which all good Catholic priests would participate in once a day and possibly twice on Sundays.



** Also subverted in "The Honour of Israel Gow", when the Father is asked to perform a scan on a odd set of trinkets left behind on the scene and produces six equally plausible but all mutually contradictory stories explaining their presence--none of which turns out to be correct.

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** Also subverted in In "The Honour of Israel Gow", when the Father is asked to perform a scan on a odd set of trinkets left behind on the scene and produces six equally plausible but all mutually contradictory stories explaining their presence--none presence -- none of which turns out to be correct.



** Also a more unconventional version in "The Fairy Tale Of Father Brown". The greedy and paranoid EvilOverlord sneaks away in the dead of night to visit a local monk whom he suspects knows the location of a gold mine. The monk, who is the last of three brothers who led a successful LaResistance for some time, jumps the EvilOverlord and gags him with his own military sash, causing said Overlord to be shot by his own troops when he can't answer the challenge.

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** Also a more unconventional version in "The Fairy Tale Of Father Brown". The greedy and paranoid EvilOverlord sneaks away in the dead of night to visit a local monk whom he suspects knows the location of a gold mine. The monk, who is the last of three brothers who led a successful LaResistance [[LaResistance resistance]] for some time, jumps the EvilOverlord and gags him with his own military sash, causing said Overlord to be shot by his own troops when he can't answer the challenge.
2nd Oct '16 1:37:56 AM Adept
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* BackForTheDead / 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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* 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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