It took him three months, to travel this three hour road. He stopped here and there to wander through castles, gardens and parks, to let a forgotten portrait or tombstone tell its story. Here past and present meet, as Roberts resurrects social and literary ghosts, past vogues past events, whether they be historical or legendary. For he was more than glad ""to be pigeonholed by people and places that reveal the course of history along a partly obliterated track."" His excursion into the past, in company with an enthusiastic student and an all-enlightened Miss Whissit, unearths old tales and old traditions. Leisurely, appreciative trivia for specialty market.