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Contributors Yagan. Tremendous Trifles. Chapter 02 — A Piece Of Chalk. Chapter 04 — The Perfect Game. Chapter 05 — The Extraordinary Cabman. Chapter 06 — An Accident. Chapter 10 — On Lying In Bed. Chapter 11 — The Twelve Men. Chapter 13 — The Dickensian.
Chapter 14 — In Topsy-Turvy Land. Chapter 17 — The Red Angel. Chapter 18 — The Tower. Chapter 20 — The Giant.
Chapter 21 — The Great Man. Chapter 22 — The Orthodox Barber. Chapter 23 — The Toy Theatre.
Instead of being regarded, as it ought to be, as a matter of personal convenience and adjustment, it has come to be regarded by many as if it were a part of essential morals to get up early in the morning. I do not mean to insinuate that in this respect it stands alone among newspaper columns. A man's minor actions and arrangements ought to be free, flexible, creative; the things that should be unchangeable are his principles, his ideals. They will not tell you that in this town the eye cannot rest on anything without finding it in some way attractive and even elvish, a carved face at a street corner, a gleam of green fields through a stunted arch, or some unexpected colour for the enamel of a spire or dome. Among this collection: A Piece of Chalk -where a drawing exercise turns into a lesson on the nature of truth, Twelve Men -an explanation on why we have juries made of our peers and not professional jurors, The Dragon's Grandmother -on why we should read fairy tales to our children along with many more endearing reflections. Chesterton was one of the greatest and most prolific writers of the 20th century. We ask whether the universal institution will improve our please God temporary institution.
Or in other words change one's point of view. While the author makes a case for marvels in everyday life I think it would be improper to interpret it as an argument against travelling. When he says that there's a lot to see in your own garden he does not mean that there's nothing to behold elsewhere. The real instruction of the essay, I believe, is that the mere inclination of going out adventuring is not enough.
One must have the desire to observe. One must exert effort not only physical but also mental to gain proper enjoyment out of anything. Otherwise even the most splendid of spectacles loose their flavour. The attitude of looking at things from a different point of view is a common theme is Many of Chesterton's essays.
In " On chasing after one's hat " he compares the flooded London alleys to streets in Venice with people going around in boats and having the time of their life. He looks at every inconvenience as an adventure and always manages to find something remarkably exciting about anything. The book "Tremendous Trifles" is a collection of trifle incidents that occurred in the life of GK Chesterton.
There's an instance of "A great man" in which the author meets an old writer in the woods who even in his advanced age is full of life. As Chesterton observes the old man's eyes are full of youth and his words are full of life. He talks not of the good old days but of the stuff that he is yet to do.
Chesterton regrets that he would never be able to meet the man again , who is really one of a kind with his supernatural talent that inspired creativity even in him, for he died last Tuesday. I found this account very relateable as I have known old men like these myself who radiate a much more fiery life energy and mental activity than most of the the younger folks I know.
In "A piece of chalk" the author sits down to paint the devil and his thoughts turn to theology. He talks about virtue as something plain and positive and not just the absence of vice. For instance he calls Mercy as not just not being cruel or sparing but something that can be seen like the sun. He calls Chastity not simply as abstinence from sexual wrong but something flaming like Joan of arc. What's remarkable about this essay is to notice how the author's thoughts diverge from painting to a wide array of topics and then converge back to painting again.