The structure of this hypertext was
inspired by that of the novel April March, written
by Herbert Quain in 1936. I have not managed to acquire a
copy of the novel itself (copies of whose single edition are
elusive, even at www.abebooks.com ), but
have been inspired by the vivid, if schematic, description of
the book in A Survey of the Works of Herbert Quain by
Jorge Luis Borges.
April March begins with a
conversation on a railway station. Three subsequent chapters
describe alternative vrsions of what might have preceded that
conversation. Three more groups of three imagine what might
have occurred before each of the second-layer chapters.
Quain's work diverges into different genres and radically
I have differed from Quain in many ways;
for example by offering only a binary choice at each level
(though I provide considerably more levels). My sections are
much shorter than his, and are in verse.. My narratives do
not diverge into different genres, and the various stories
generated by the hypertext are mutually consistent.
Sixty-four narratives can be found within this web. Some of
them may well be considered unsatisfactory, but then so,
according to Borges, were some of Quain's nine.