In the grey distance the big bandstand of a watering-place stood up like a giant mushroom with six legs.
They had come under the big bandstand, and the priest was looking up at it with a curiosity that had something rather odd about it, his head a little on one side, like a bird's.
It was not a large building, and stood well back from the shore--, but a glint of ornament on it suggested that it was part of the same watering-place scheme of decoration as the bandstand, the little gardens and the curly-backed iron seats.
Father Brown jumped off the bandstand, his friend following; and as they walked in the direction indicated the trees fell away to right and left, and they saw a small, rather flashy hotel, such as is common in resorts--the hotel of the Saloon Bar rather than the Bar Parlour.
Curiously enough," answered the priest, "close by here-- just by that bandstand.
And it was too dark to see him properly, because it was under that bandstand affair.
Of all God-forsaken dustbins of Nature, I think the most heart-breaking are places like that bandstand, that were meant to be festive and are forlorn.
I consulted a bandstand," said Father Brown, scratching his head.
It was the same, of course," he continued turning to Flambeau, "with that poor fellow under the bandstand.