12 G. K. CHESTERTON was a subject into which he really could enter with spirit and enthusiasm. Among fantastic novels, he followed up The Napoleon of Netting Hill with The Man who was Thursday—a story of a mysterious society of anarchists named after the days of the week. One after another, every one of these anarchists after a series of amazing adventures is discovered to be— unknown to all the rest—really a detective, seeking to spy on and to protect his society against his colleagues. At last only one—Sunday—is left, and he symbolizes the vast forces of Nature, which society exists to tame—* huge, boisterous, full of vitality, dancing with a hundred legs, bright with the glare of the sun, and at first sight somewhat regardless of us and our desires', as Chesterton himself put it, in an explanation written in later life. In 1910 he followed up these novels with another fantasia, The Ball and the Cross. It is the story of two men : one a simple Catholic boy from the Highlands of Scotland, the other a sincere atheist. Completely opposed to one another in their philosophies, they both see no alternative but to fight their differences out. They travel over the world trying to find a place where they will be allowed to fight one another. Yet, whenever they try to stage their fight, somebody from the modern world of compromise and half-faith interferes to keep the peace between them and to compel them to move on to another battlefield. The first of the * Father Brown * stories, The Innocence of Father Brown, appeared in 1911. It was followed by The Wisdom of Father Brown in 1914, by The Incredulity of Father Brown in 1926, and The Secret of Father Brown in 1927. All the Father Brown stories were collected into an omnibus volume in 1929, but even an omnibus volume could not kill that exuberant little priest, and Father Brown stories still continued to pour out from his pen and were published in the Strand and other magazines. They were collected in the final Father Brown volume— The Scandal of Father Brown—in 1935.