I have just stumbled across some old movies based on the character Bulldog Drummond, created by H.C McNeile MC (Sapper). I was so taken by the character of Drummond, an early version of James Bond, that I have downloaded a collection of the books and am thoroughly enjoying myself reading of his exploits. What has prompted this blog is the wording from a scene in the book where Bulldog Drummond and an American detective are laying in wait for the criminal Mr Big to put in an appearance. Here it is and bear in mind this was written in 1920.
‘One can only hope to Heaven that we’re in time,’ returned Hugh (Drummond) ‘Damn it man,’ he exploded, ‘surely the police must know of this’!
The American closed his eyes still more.
‘You English police know most things, but you’ve sort of got some peculiar laws in your country.’ the more scurrilous a man is, the more he talks bloodshed and riot, the more constables does he get to guard him from catching cold.’
Can you see why is passage struck home to me? There is nothing new under the sun, is there.