This is a true story.

It has been rewritten only so far as was necessary to conceal personalities.

It is a terrible story; but it is also a story of hope and of beauty.

It reveals with startling clearness the abyss on which our civilisation trembles.

But the self-same Light illuminates the path of humanity : it is our own fault if we go over the brink.

This story is also true not only of one kind of human weakness, but (by analogy) of all kinds ; and for all alike there is but one way of salvation.

As Glanvil says : Man is not subjected to the angels, nor even unto death utterly, save through the weakness of his own feeble will.

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Aleister Crowley.

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