It was a wonderful experience. She mistrusted his very slumbers--and she seemed to think I could tell her why! Thus a poor mortal seduced by the charm of an apparition might have tried to wring from another ghost the tremendous secret of the claim the other world holds over a disembodied soul astray amongst the passions of this earth. The very ground on which I stood seemed to melt under my feet. And it was so simple too; but if the spirits evoked by our fears and our unrest have ever to vouch for each other's constancy before the forlorn magicians that we are, then I--I alone of us dwellers in the flesh--have shuddered in the hopeless chill of such a task.
My task which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel? it is, before all, to make you see. That? and no more, and it is everything. If I succeed, you shall find there according to your deserts: encouragement, consolation, fear, charm? all you demand; and, perhaps, also that glimpse of truth for which you have forgotten to ask.