The Status of Each as an Amateur

It was, however, the status of each as an amateur which accounted for their remarkable success; if they had ever changed places, as a mischievous old don in Fen's college once suggested, Fen would have found the routine police work as intolerable as Sir Richard the niggling niceties of textual criticism; there was a gracious and rather vague sweep about their hobbies which ignored such tedious details.

From the Book The Case of the Gilded Fly, Elmsford, New York: London House and Maxwell, 1944, page 17, ISBN 827703392

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