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holy grail

Medtalk A literary way of expressing 'elusive goal'
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Towards the end, the Archdeacon is ready to surrender the Holy Graal to the forces of darkness merely "to save anyone an hour's neuralgia" (184).
is believed to be the Holy Graal in a country parish church.
(2) The first to be published, War in Heaven (1930), relies on Waite's hermetic study for both the inspiration and spelling of its central image: the Holy Graal. By 1933 Williams had published four other novels that, like his first, all freely employ themes and symbols drawn from Waite's work and from the wider hermetic tradition.