As above, this is yet another book which describes the eternal conflict between the Higher and lower Self, between wisdom and ignorance, love and passion, set against the dramatic background of the French Revolution. The novel is divided into seven parts, whose titles indicate the sevenfold path of spiritual development. It is in the fourth section—'The Dweller of the Threshold'—that the author reveals some of the most closely-guarded of occult secrets—albeit in such a manner that only the very Few will recognise them for what they are. Whilst we are not going to give you any clues to these secrets, we may say that all the published interpretations of the mysterious 'Dweller of the Threshold' are utterly wrong. We have heard the most fantastic and fanciful explanations from quite famous Occultists as to who this being really is, but none of them have come even close to a solution. In the neophyte Glyndon, whom Zanoni entrusts to the care of his Master, Mejnour, for his instruction in the magic arts, we encounter a very typical seeker; by turns credulous and sceptical, burning with insatiable curiosity, yet incapable of sustained effort and impatient for the satisfaction of his own selfish desires.
Like the moth, he flutters briefly toward the Light that calls to his Higher Self, only to fall back to earth again with burned wings. Mejnour has received poor treatment at the hands of reviewers over the years, who focus upon his 'cold', 'stern' inhumanity. We prefer to see in him the ideal of a genuine Master who has risen above mere sentimentality to irradiate the world of men with the sunny rays of his spiritual compassion and wisdom, whilst himself remaining hidden. In other words, a genuine Hidden Master. The book is widely available from booksellers or can also be read online at