While my computer was being cared for and prepared for its final journey to the Grey Havens
I have been digging into other GKC writings looking for clues to the meaning of the Sunday Notes
Most GKC scholars dismiss them as nonsense, which does not mean they are insignificant however. My opinion, which I have shared before, is that they are not only significant, but that their meaning can be discovered provided we can decipher the clues. I believe that I have made some progress in that respect and request feedback on what I have found.
In Chesterton's autobiorgraphy pages 159-61 refer to a curate by the name of Conrad Noel.* Those pages also refer to a story titled, The Private Secretary
. One of the six detectives in TMWWT is identified only as the Secretary
. Furthermore, one of the nonsense clues is a poem in the form of a Clerihew
with the Secretary as the subject.
Another Sunday Note
referred to Trouser Stretchers
. While the word stretchers
does not appear in the attached text, trousers
are referred to on page 159 where GKC mentions a story called, The Curate's Trousers
*he was referred to as the Red Curate because he flew a red flag demonstrating his opposition to the Boer War. Is it a coincidence that the color red is so prominent in TMWWT?
I have not finished reading GKC's Autobiography so I will update this as I progress through the book as appropriate.
Please share any observations and thoughts.