"The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man. Nothing else that he builds ever lasts. Monuments fall; nations perish; civilizations grow old and die out; and, after an era of darkness, new races build others."
The Earl of Spenborough had always been noted for his eccentricity. Leaving a widow younger than his own daughter was one thing, but leaving his fortune to the trusteeship of the man his daughter had jilted, was quite another.