The Man who went too Far
E. F. Benson
When Darcy, recuperating from a serious illness, goes to stay with an old friend of his, Frank, in the New Forest, he discovers a puzzling change in the man. He appears to have become significantly younger and is also filled with exuberance and joy. Frank explains that he has spent the last six years studying Nature and has discovered a new philosophy of life around the joy of nature. After devoting himself to Nature, he has started hearing a strange wonderful pipe music in the woods and he knows that the final revelation is about to come to him. But Darcy has serious misgivings about his friend's situation and his fears are not unfounded. Edward Frederic Benson (1867-1940) was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist, archaeologist, and short story writer, best known for his evocative and beautifully narrated ghost and horror stories.