Le donne, i cavalieri, l'arme, gli amori, Le cortesie, l'audaci imprese."
SO ran Ariosto's summary of chivalric interests and joys. They are all found in the first part of Malory -- women and knights, arms and love, courtesy and bold adventures. But the summary of mediæval life is not complete. Through the absorbed delight in a purely natural existence, ran the recurrent desire for something which neither arms nor love could furnish. The quickening force in romance, the spirit of adventure, led out and away, beyond the region where Tristram fought the Morholt or sang to Iseult, beyond the court where knights swore allegiance to Arthur. Toward far horizons it beckoned, past the edge of the visible world. Terms of sense no longer render it; for it turned from exploring the world without and penetrated the world within.
This spirit of adventure must always lead men to seek below the surface of things. But in the modern world, the desire to pursue life's secrets to their sanctuary is largely satisfied by the inexhaustible analysis of natural phenomena. It works powerfully in the