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As near as anyone can determine, Carnelian is a true story. It is based on the research of Professor Hornsburke of Oxford University, who recounted this little-known historical tale in a series of articles which was rejected by every scholarly magazine he submitted them to. We give many thanks to Prof. Hornsburke for making his manuscripts available to us, and we sincerely hope that he swiftly recovers from his recent attack of dementia.