In this powerful story Mr. Garland has entered a new field, full of fascination for the modern mind--that of the occult. The heroine is a girl in all respects normal except for a strange psychic power which she possesses, but does not understand. Coming under strange influences, she is in danger of being exploited for her wonderful powers. The incidents of her rescue from the "Tyranny of the Dark," undertaken by her lover, make this book stand out alone as a striking departure from current fiction.
e office, had hastened to his supper, carrying a most vivid recollection of the slender figure and flushed and speaking face of the girl on the trail. That moment of meeting, accidental and fleeting, had already become a most beautiful climax of his pilgrimage. "She was born of the sunset; she does not really exist," he said, with unwonted warmth of phrase. "How could this little mining town produce so exquisite a flower?"
His grosser needs supplied, he lit his big student's pipe and went out upon the upper story of the hotel's rude porch, and there sat, listening to the rush of the stream, while the great yellow stars appeared one by one above the lofty peaks, and the air grew crisp to frostiness. He was profoundly at peace with the world and himself, his physical weariness being just sufficient to give this hour a sound completeness of content.
As the beauty of the night deepened, the girl's beauty allured like the moon. He still sought to explain her. "She is some traveller like myself," he s
Interesting ideas and mystery but the ending does not really resolve much. Also, some very dated ideas on the position of women. The heroine's rescue from the "strange influences" is just another form of control.
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