Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Text's Friendly Dig at H.G. Wells

Out next course author, H.G. Wells, was, as given in lecture, was a friend & oftimes debating opponent of Chesterton. GKC gets a sly dig at his friend in The Napoleon of Notting Hill, on page 81 of our edition, where Mr. Turnbull is described as arranging toy soldiers as a compensatory means for his frustrated martial feelings. Wells was famous for mapping military strategies with toy soldiers and toy ordnance (think modern war-gaming), as this famous picture illustrates. ("More brass than brains," my grandmother once remarked.)

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