Sentence Detection

In Georgian terms, I guess the Detective in the scene above would be
classed as Security Police, rather than Police… he is certainly a very
powerful officer… He is being interviewed by his boss, more powerful
still… It is still a hundred years ago, 1914. Scottish music [1977] here
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You wanted to see me, sir…
It seems you’ve been jumping to conclusions…!
Hannay was involved – is involved…!
But only as an innocent bystander.
He’s not in the clear yet…
Everything he told you about his life in Africa is confirmed here by
irreproachable authority… Good God, man! He’s been decorated twice
for his services against the Boers…!
And his years in the German colonies…?
As a mining engineer…! And a copper prospector for a firm based in the
town…!
Very well, sir. You have your opinion!
His story about Scudder’s notebook is true… The booking office clerk
confirmed that…! Now – the foreign agents will be out to murder him and
get it back… We should issue a statement that Hannay is innocent and can
come back into safety and you should stop looking for him!
No!!! …….sir! And if we stop looking for him, the enemy will have a clear
field… We must find him before they do…!
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PEOPLE POLICE SECURITY POLICE LANDSCAPE













You wanted to see me, sir…

It seems
you’ve been jumping to
conclusions…!

Hannay

was involved
is involved…!

innocent bystander But only as an

He

’s not in the clear yet…

Everything he told
you
about his life in
Africa is confirmed here by
irreproachable

authority…

Good God, man!

He ’s been decorated twice for
his services against

the Boers…!



And his years in the
German colonies…?


As a mining engineer…!
And a copper prospector

for a firm based in
the town!


No!!! …….sir!
we And if
stop looking for him,the

enemy will have a
clear field…



















As you can see from this chart OF FOUR HEADINGS the subject of any
sentence comes under : 1 PEOPLE (like Hannay) ; normal verbs which
allow some freedom of movement (especially if you are Hannay! ) under
2 POLICE (also the Secret Agents!) ; 3 SECURITY POLICE stronger
verbs which dictate usage (like the Ticket Inspector, or the Policeman
who have the power to stop Hannay getting on the train); and 4 the rest –
anything else at all which does not fit (no matter where it comes ! ) under
LANDSCAPE.
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So let’s do the sentences I left out, thinking of these characters as you go:

Very well sir! is just LANDSCAPE
You have your opinion if looked at closely means ‘Hmnn, I disagree’ but
the Detective, although he is the most powerful in London – he is maybe
Inspector Lestrade from the Sherlock Holmes stories, published twenty
or thirty years before this date, and clearly influencing – and admired by –
John Buchan, the author of the novel – cannot directly disagree with his
boss… So we could analyze it: You: Subject have: Police your opinion:
Landscape
His story about Scudder’s notebook is true…
His story about Scudder’s notebook : PEOPLE [note that ‘people also
includes places, things and ideas]
is : SECURITY POLICE
true… : LANDSCAPE
The booking office clerk : PEOPLE
confirmed : POLICE
that…! : LANDSCAPE

Now – : LANDSCAPE
the foreign agents : PEOPLE
will be out to : SECURITY POLICE
murder him and get it back… : LANDSCAPE
[or split into two sentences: murder: Police; him: Landscape; and : Landscape; get: Security
Police; it back : Landscape ]
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We should issue a statement that Hannay is innocent and can come back
into safety and you should stop looking for him!
No!!! …….sir! And if we stop looking for him, the enemy will have a clear
field… We must find him before they do…! I am sure that you can do
these last sentences perfectly your own! This trick is all you need to know!