Thursday, August 14, 2008

Chesterton anticipates airport security

". . . Otto now insisted, as governments very seldom insist, on an absolute and literal disarmament. It was carried out, with extraordinary thoroughness and severity, by very well-organized officials over a small and familiar area, and, so far as human strength and science can be absolutely certain of anything, Prince Otto was absolutely certain that nobody could introduce so much as a toy pistol into Heiligwaldenstein.

"Human science can never be quite certain of things like that," said Father Brown, still looking at the red budding of the branches over his head, "if only because of the difficulty about definition and connotation. What is a weapon? People have been murdered with the mildest domestic comforts; certainly with tea-kettles, probably with tea-cosies. . ."
G. K. Chesterton: "The Fairy Tale of Father Brown", 1913.

Previously: Schafer predicts the ringtone.

2 comments:

Alice said...

Just lie down and let me put this tea cosy on your face...

Lane Savant said...

A plastic bag, the sharpened edge of a credit card, etc, etc...