FICTION: Deciduous Cabell*

It used to be Mr. Cabell's aim and custom to "write perfectly of beautiful happenings." He still writes perfectly, that is to say, with great solicitude for the antique rhythm and consonance of his finical phrases, but his passion for beautiful happenings has been lapped by the irony of surfeit. Either that, or things in Poictesme†are working out to natural conclusions and Mr. Cabell, as a determined realist, reports them with a deciduous emphasis so that no misapprehension may remain. Queen Freydis has faded. The hair of Melicent, once a golden net...

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