Mates: Introduction

A fresh supply of pens, a knife to cut new nibs, ink, paper, notebooks -- all is conveniently to hand.

--Susanna Clarke

This is a work of fiction; all the characters are inventions, though some may have been modeled substantially upon people of the author's acquaintance.

The author encourages comments from readers. Send all such correspondence to Tommy-dot-Boyd at Comcast-dot-Net (hopefully, this will be adequate to shield the mailbox from most if not all spam address miners).

Enjoy the story.