Re: Ch. 4 - The Tale of a Detective
This chapter reminded me a lot of the second. We definitely see a more naive or less formidable Syme in this round. The chief wit hhis back to him seems to have the upper hand in the brief conversation, something that really stands out given the strong argumentative nature of Syme towards Gregory in previous chapters. With that being said, I enjoyed the descriptions of Syme being a revolutionary against revolt and for taking contrasting opinions, especially to those of his parents, based on reason and a desire to be cantankerous. The chapter is also a powerful argumetn against anarchy, definitely preachy in that regard:
Earlier on in the chapter, there is an interesting observation about how the well off with dangerous ideas are more of a threat than the poor. The "lawless modern philosopher" is definitely a spear aimed at folks like Emma Goldman and dare I say Proudhon. This bit of political expounding was certainly not tedious or dry, if anything, it was a well posed argument within the narrative.