Have you ever read Le Morte Darthur, by Sir Thomas Mallory? It tells the story of King Arthur from start to finish. This book is very much like that book, in that, when Mallory wrote, he was writing from several sources. He would paraphrase or even edit the sources at times, but mostly, he kept to what they said in order to produce his material. The author of this tale has done something similar. He pieced together the tale from what sources he could find. The parts of the story that he could not find a source for, he made up, and attributed them to “Various Accounts and General Legend.” Because of his use of imperfect sources, occasionally his story contradicts itself. This is usually because of his source’s inaccuracy, rather than his own editorial error. So, I would simply ask that you enjoy the tale of James Thresher in the closest thing to its accurate form.

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