Re: Ch. 13 - The Pursuit of the President
I have continued to poke about the silly notes Sunday tossed at the detectives.
Two of the notes contain an italicized word.
I edited the initial post in this discussion to show those words.
"To Bull - “What about Martin Tupper now
"When the herring tries to fly
It isn't much, but if you take the two italicized words together they form a short sentence;
I point out that immediately after Sunday commandeers the Captive Balloon and flies away with the detectives in pursuit.
Also notice that the note containing the word 'fly
' is in a four line poem which feels to me like a Clerihew
a poetic form which Edmund Clerihew Bentley, the subject of the dedication of TMWWT, invented.
Clerihews are precisely structured poems consisting of 4 lines with a rhyming pattern of AABB.
A “When the herring runs a mile,
A Let the Secretary smile;
B When the herring tries to fly,
B Let the Secretary die.’
A 'Rustic Proverb' might also be Chesterton's slang for a Clerihew.
Clerihews usually were biographical. The 'herring' note was dropped to the Secretary, the only detective who is unmasked but not named. I wonder if "The Herring
," is intended to be someone of Chesterton's era.