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* TheCloudCuckooLanderWasRight: {{Defied}} by Squire Vane, whose particular strain of ScullySyndrome compels him to dismiss utterly ''anything'' which has been presented to him in the form of a popular legend, no matter how much supporting evidence it may have.

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* TheCloudCuckooLanderWasRight: TheCloudcuckoolanderWasRight: {{Defied}} by Squire Vane, whose particular strain of ScullySyndrome compels him to dismiss utterly ''anything'' which has been presented to him in the form of a popular legend, no matter how much supporting evidence it may have.


''The Trees Of Pride'' is a novel by Creator/GKChesterton.

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''The Trees Of of Pride'' is a novel 1922 novella by Creator/GKChesterton.



-->'''Doctor Brown:''' In other words, the peasants were right. But if I put it that way, somebody will cry: ĎBut do you believe it was supernatural then?í In fact, thatís what youíll all say; and thatís exactly what I complain of. I fancy hundreds of men have been left dead and diseases left undiscovered, by this suspicion of superstition, this stupid fear of fear. Unless you see daylight through the forest of facts from the first, you wonít venture into the wood at all. Unless we can promise you beforehand that there shall be what you call a natural explanation, to save your precious dignity from miracles, you wonít even hear the beginning of the plain tale. Suppose there isnít a natural explanation! Suppose there is, and we never find it! Suppose I havenít a notion whether there is or not! What the devil has that to do with you, or with me in dealing with the facts I do know?

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-->'''Doctor Brown:''' In other words, the peasants were right. But if I put it that way, somebody will cry: ĎBut do you believe it was supernatural then?í In fact, thatís what youíll all say; and thatís exactly what I complain of. I fancy hundreds of men have been left dead and diseases left undiscovered, by this suspicion of superstition, this stupid fear of fear. Unless you see daylight through the forest of facts from the first, you wonít venture into the wood at all. Unless we can promise you beforehand that there shall be what you call a natural explanation, to save your precious dignity from miracles, you wonít even hear the beginning of the plain tale. Suppose there isnít a natural explanation! Suppose there is, and we never find it! Suppose I havenít a notion whether there is or not! What the devil has that to do with you, or with me in dealing with the facts I do know?know?
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* FramingTheGuiltyParty: [[spoiler: When he is forced to provide evidence to fake the Squire's death in order that Barbara might inherit and destroy the peacock trees, Doctor Brown is careful to include multiple details that will ultimately cause the crime to be traced back to him. Since he knew that he could at need simply explain what had truly happened and produce the Squire alive and well, as he did at the book's climax, he felt this was an acceptable risk to run.]]

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* FramingTheGuiltyParty: [[spoiler: When he is forced to provide evidence to fake the Squire's death in order that Barbara might inherit and destroy the peacock trees, Doctor Brown is careful to include multiple details that will ultimately cause the crime to be traced back to him. Since While he knew that he ''he'' could at need simply explain what had truly happened and produce the Squire alive and well, as he did at the book's climax, he felt this was an acceptable didn't want to run the risk to run.that someone else might be hung for a murder that had never been committed.]]


* HollywoodAtheist: Squire Vane is noted InUniverse as an example of this trope, in that something in his psychological makeup causes his atheism to manifest itself in a particularly argumentative and combative fashion.

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* HollywoodAtheist: Squire Vane is noted InUniverse as an example of this trope, in that something in his psychological makeup causes his atheism to manifest itself in a particularly argumentative and combative fashion. He is contrasted with Doctor Brown, who is willing to accept that a popular legend may actually be true if that is what the evidence seems to show.


* FramingTheGuiltyParty: [[spoiler: When he is forced to provide evidence to fake the Squire's death in order that Barbara might inherit and destroy the peacock trees, Doctor Brown is careful to include multiple details that will ultimately cause the crime to be traced back to him. Since he knew that he could at need simply explain what had truly happened and produce the Squire alive and well, as he did at the book's climax, he felt this was an acceptable risk to run.]]



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: {{Discussed}} by the Doctor at the book's climax. [[spoiler: While his researches have all but conclusively shown that the peacock trees were doing ''something'' to cause the fevers that ravaged the neighborhood, he was never able to establish the exact mechanism by which they did so. His suspicion was that the fevers were some kind of allergic reaction to the pollen of the peacock trees, but for all he could actually ''prove'', they could be the result of a literal {{Curse}} upon the trees.]]

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: {{Discussed}} by the Doctor at the book's climax. [[spoiler: While his researches have all but conclusively shown that the peacock trees were doing ''something'' to cause the fevers that ravaged the neighborhood, he was never able to establish the exact mechanism by which they did so. His suspicion was that the fevers were some kind of allergic reaction to the pollen of the peacock trees, but for all he could actually ''prove'', they could be the result of a literal {{Curse}} upon the trees.]]]]
* ScullySyndrome: One of Squire Vane's defining traits is an absolute and categorical rejection of anything that is presented to him in the form of a popular legend. It did not matter how much evidence and how many cases Doctor Brown could provide to show the peacock trees to be poisonous; there was a legend that the trees were poisonous and therefore, in the Squire's mind, the trees ''could not'' possibly be poisonous.
* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: {{Deconstructed}} by Doctor Brown in his MotiveRant.
-->'''Doctor Brown:''' In other words, the peasants were right. But if I put it that way, somebody will cry: ĎBut do you believe it was supernatural then?í In fact, thatís what youíll all say; and thatís exactly what I complain of. I fancy hundreds of men have been left dead and diseases left undiscovered, by this suspicion of superstition, this stupid fear of fear. Unless you see daylight through the forest of facts from the first, you wonít venture into the wood at all. Unless we can promise you beforehand that there shall be what you call a natural explanation, to save your precious dignity from miracles, you wonít even hear the beginning of the plain tale. Suppose there isnít a natural explanation! Suppose there is, and we never find it! Suppose I havenít a notion whether there is or not! What the devil has that to do with you, or with me in dealing with the facts I do know?

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** This trope is very common in Chesterton's writings, possibly due to his [[HappilyMarried much-loved]] wife Frances being a redhead.


* AbitrarySkepticism: The Doctor accuses Ashe and the Squire of this at the climax. As he points out, they generally treat the peasantry as rational. They trust them to do their jobs competently, and they would even have hung Doctor Brown on their evidence. Yet on the one matter of the peacock trees, they give no weight to the peasant's testimony.

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* AbitrarySkepticism: ArbitrarySkepticism: The Doctor accuses Ashe and the Squire of this at the climax. As he points out, they generally treat the peasantry as rational. They trust them to do their jobs competently, and they would even have hung Doctor Brown on their evidence. Yet on the one matter of the peacock trees, they give no weight to the peasant's testimony.



* HollywoodAtheist:

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* HollywoodAtheist:HollywoodAtheist: Squire Vane is noted InUniverse as an example of this trope, in that something in his psychological makeup causes his atheism to manifest itself in a particularly argumentative and combative fashion.

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''The Trees Of Pride'' is a novel by Creator/GKChesterton.

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* AbitrarySkepticism: The Doctor accuses Ashe and the Squire of this at the climax. As he points out, they generally treat the peasantry as rational. They trust them to do their jobs competently, and they would even have hung Doctor Brown on their evidence. Yet on the one matter of the peacock trees, they give no weight to the peasant's testimony.
* TheCloudCuckooLanderWasRight: {{Defied}} by Squire Vane, whose particular strain of ScullySyndrome compels him to dismiss utterly ''anything'' which has been presented to him in the form of a popular legend, no matter how much supporting evidence it may have.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Barbara Trail's copper hair is repeatedly called out as one of her best features.
* HollywoodAtheist:
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: {{Discussed}} by the Doctor at the book's climax. [[spoiler: While his researches have all but conclusively shown that the peacock trees were doing ''something'' to cause the fevers that ravaged the neighborhood, he was never able to establish the exact mechanism by which they did so. His suspicion was that the fevers were some kind of allergic reaction to the pollen of the peacock trees, but for all he could actually ''prove'', they could be the result of a literal {{Curse}} upon the trees.]]

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