The greater portion of this book deals with the remote life of a remote past. ÒThe Shadow-Seers,Ó however, though of to-day, may equally be of yesterday or to-morrow; and as for ÒThe Last SupperÓ or ÒThe Fisher of Men,Ó they are of no time or date, for they are founded upon elemental facts which are modified but not transformed by the changing years.
It may be the last of its kind I shall writeÑat any rate, for a time. I would like it to be associated with you, to whom not only the mystery but the pagan sentiment and the old barbaric emotion are so near. With the second sight of the imagination we can often see more clearly in the perspectives of the past than in the maze of the present; and most clearly when we recognise that, below the accidents of time and circumstance, the present is but a reflection of that past to which we belongÑbelong, as intimately and inalienably, as to the hour wherein happily content we swing to those anchors which we do not see are linked to us by ropes of sand.Ê