"Fairy tale does not deny the existence of sorrow and failure: the possibility of these is necessary to the joy of deliverance. It denies (in the face of much evidence, if you will) universal final defeat... giving a fleeting glimpse of Joy; Joy beyond the walls of the world, poignant as grief." - J.R.R. Tolkien
Looking Ahead:My next few posts will contain a summary and discussion of 'Lorna Doone', the classic novel by Richard Blackmore, which I've just finished reading.