20 November 2003
CHESTERTON, Gilbert Keith (1874-1936). Autograph manuscript signed of a short story, 'Liberty Hall', n.d., 9½ pages, 4to (paperclip stain).
The story of the conversion of the 'perfectly serious Anarchist' Andrew Home to the understanding of the great truth that couples 'should be married in a church; and therefore, of course before three o'clock'. Introduced to the Liberty Hall Society, where all opinions are permitted, by his fiancée Lady Joan Garnett, the protagonist discovers that there are limits to what anarchism will take, and that 'There is one thing that is sure to be right; the thing that is most hated. There is only one thing that is most hated. Respectability'.
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