’31 Tales of Terror’ #30: The Bully of Brocas Court

*Title: The Bully of Brocas Court by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Date Read: 30 October 2008
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Briefly: Desperate to find a worthy boxing opponent for Farrier-Sergeant Slogger Burton, Yeomanry Captain and Baronet Sir Fred Milburn set off for London. Finding a a suitable pugilist in middleweight champion Alf Stevens, the Baronet and champion boxer head off back to the barracks at Luton. Midway through their journey they are stopped by who they think is a known local lout and bully, who likes nothing better than a good fight. Keen to teach the bully a lesson both Sir. Milburn and Stevens agree to a fight. It is not until later that they both find out that the opponent that Stevens was fighting, was not who they think he was.
Afterthoughts: A bit long and bit wholly focused on the noble sport of boxing, this is perhaps more a story for puritans of the sport. That said this is an adequate ghostly story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but one that didn’t thrill me greatly.
Notable Quote: “Twilight was already falling and the light dim, but what the Baronet saw pleased him well. The man was a fighter every inch, clean-cut, deep-chested, with the long straight cheek and deep-set eye which goes with an obstinate courage. Above all, he was a man who had never yet met his master and was still upheld by the deep sustaining confidence which is never quite the same after a single defeat. The Baronet chuckled as he realized what a surprise packet was being carried north for the Farrier-Sergeant.”

Rating: ★★★½☆

*Story read as part of the 31 Tales of Terror reading challenge.

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