An experiment in time, translated into an experiment in fantasy. Parallel characters, on the one hand reflecting an undeviating and somewhat inflexible character, no matter whether found in ancient days or modern, on the other hand, an elusive, fascinating, many sided personality, seen in varying guises. Through the shifting kaleidoscope of plot, of relations the one to the other, gradually the bits of color and movement drop into place to form two stories:- one, the love story of an English artist and a girl who loves him but who is willing to compromise with time, with circumstances, with her own unwillingness to be tied -- and of their marriage which sustained romance to its tragic end; the other, a fable with an Arthurian flavor, even down to a Merlinesque character, to maidens who can take other forms at will, to knights and fair damsels, gentle queens and stalwart rulers and scheming princes. There's more than plot here; there's a metaphysical, an esoteric side, a Stephens' quality in style and telling, that is difficult to define. Try this on your customers who like The Sword in the Stone, though it lacks the humor of that. First edition limited to 1,000 copies.