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I believe the most well-known story by Conrad Aiken is “Silent Snow, Secret Snow,” which is a mesmerizing tour de force of storytelling.  There is another story of his, however, which I find even more compelling:  “Mr. Arcularis.”  I discovered it a long time ago in a collection of fantasy tales, and every time I reread the story, it never fails to work its magic over me.  There’s something about the story’s strangely light, yet mysterious tone and the sweet, befuddled nature of its main character.  If you’ve never read “Mr. Arcularis” and would like to, you can find it in this collection on the Internet Archive:

https://archive.org/stream/31stories00unse#page/n0/mode/2up

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