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decision in action, bu
t lack of the equally e
ssential decision in th
ought--which some call
dogma. And in the polit
ics of the last century
, this English Hamlet,
as we shall see, played
a great part, or rathe
r refused to play it. T
here were, then, two el
ements in the German in
fluence; a sort of pret
ty playing with terror
and a solemn recognitio
n of terrorism. The fir
st pointed to elfland,
and the second to--shal
l we say, Prussia. And
by that unconscious sym
bolism with which all t
his story develops, it
was soon to be dramatic
The Crimes of England by Chesterton, G. K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936