In the Land of Toys, every day, except Sunday, is a Saturday.
"But how does one spend the day in the Land of Toys?"
"Listen, Lamp-Wick," said the Marionette, "are you really sure that there are no schools in the Land of Toys?" "Not even the shadow of one."
Thus, in our case, the arms full of toys
have frequently been followed quickly by the box, and the box in turn by the word "box." The box itself is subject to physical laws, and does not tend to be caused by the arms full of toys
, however often it may in the past have followed them--always provided that, in the case in question, its physical position is such that voluntary movements cannot lead to it.
It was carried out, with extraordinary thoroughness and severity, by very well-organized officials over a small and familiar area, and, so far as human strength and science can be absolutely certain of anything, Prince Otto was absolutely certain that nobody could introduce so much as a toy pistol into Heiligwaldenstein."
"Which could be quite certain of discovering a toy pistol," said Father Brown with a smile.
It may be that his brain gave way under the opportunities given by his illusion of the entity of the toy
and its power of separate thought.
But the boy had learned in that brief second a use for his sharp and shining toy
, so that, as the tearing, striking beast dragged him to earth he plunged the blade repeatedly and to the hilt into its breast.
If the new "scientific toy" succeeded, which he often doubted, he would be the richest citizen in Haverhill; and if it failed, which he sorely feared, he would be a bankrupt.
It was a toy, a plaything, a scientific wonder, but not a necessity to be bought and used for ordinary purposes by ordinary people.
"What use," he asked pleasantly, "could this company make of an electrical toy?"
It was because the engaging toy
had been redecorated by loving hands; there were fresh gowns for all the inhabitants, and the paint on the furniture was scarcely dry.