Excerpt from Heroes of Exile: Being Certain Rescued Fragments of Submerged Romance Of old, unhappy, far-off things, And battles long ago. The legal and technical language of salvage recognises three categories into which may be divided all classes of objects that are cast away or rescued from the sea - jetsam, flotsam, and ligan; and for the historian (who, after all, is only the salvor of a few of the more precious things which the seas of time threaten to engulf), the fragments of human story fall quite naturally into one or ather of these divisions. The vast majority of the men and women who have made this world their dwelling-place, and of the events which have moulded for them their lives into the likeness of comedy or tragedy, are plain jetsam. They are strewn upon the waters, rise or fall and jostle one ather upon their surface for a little while, sink and are more seen. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.