The lore which he was believed to pass his days brooding upon so that it had rapt him from the companionship of youth was only a garner of slender sentences from Aristotle’s poetics and psychology and a SYNOPSIS PHILOSOPHIAE SCHOLASTICAE AD MENTEM DIVI THOMAE.
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Fandango has a good synopsis of the film.
The book defies reasonable synopsis since its strength is not in plot points and symbolism, but in the rich texture of the writing.