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These disturbing texts were most likely composed by a younger contemporary of the Scholar — the latter of whom is almost without doubt the drunken man who appears halfway through the Writing whose setting gives this Author a name.

It is unusual (and unusually valuable) when two Authors in the archives corroborate one another's accounts: where their descriptions of events agree, we can take them as having happened as described; where they differ, we can evaluate each narrative in the light of the other, thereby enlarging our understanding not only of their authors' motivations, but also of the context out of which they speak.

Further, if the provisional attribution of more recently discovered Writings (see below) is validated, their Author came to earn, after many misadventures — and by fortuitous accident — the title Savior of the Archives, as described in the separate {Legomenon for "Peripatikos Soter"}).

It has been suggested that the Author of the VLG Writings is female, even that she can be identified with the subject of the "Romantic Impulse" Writing known as {The Exquisite Suzu}. This latter proposition is doubtful, perhaps itself romantic in impulse, but that does not preclude its plausibility — rather the opposite, in fact. If this contention could be upheld, the Writing becomes even more valuable: the unique contribution of a woman to a community of Authors otherwise exclusively male.

In {The Locust Grove}, probably written many years after the events it recounts, the narrator witnesses what appears to be the immediate aftermath of the Scholar's audience with the Council, during which his work was confiscated and he was dismissed from the Conference. The narrator is shaken by this scene, an inner event that bears fruit much later.

{The Retreat House} would seem to be a sequel, which — despite that it is a separate document — may well once have been contiguous with its predecessor narrative. This harrowing tale is without precedent in the archives, and some dubious critics have proposed that it is the evil fantasy — or, to be generous, an hallucination — of a mind unhinged. It is interesting to observe that the gender of its narrator is indeterminate, perhaps indeterminable.

Be that as it may, the remaining documents ascribed to this Author bespeak a benison that nearly unbearable suffering — real or imagined, it must be said — sometimes grants its subject. In {midnight_pain}, which seems to be a composite document, the sufferer finds comfort and even solace from an unlikely source; {The Man in the Moon} is a mere scrap, but its compressed image has great power; while {"Peripatikos Soter"}, whose opening paragraphs are much damaged (or deranged), finally confers upon the narrator an unlooked-for blessing — a totally improbable one, say the skeptics, as is their wont in such situations. One is tempted to respond, as the Remnant say, "Refusing to believe protects you from nothing."