A perplexed, somewhat anguished, yet essentially well-intentioned character groping his way among alternatives, most of which are given him by the world and some more nearly of his own making. He sees none of the alternatives as ideal, although he reasons that one must after all be better than all the rest. The object of his quest is to decide on that alternative. Since life can offer no certainty that he has indeed chosen best, what else to do but fashion with the help of others a small 'master plot' of language, thought and action which in its playing out convinces him, most of the time, that he has chosen wisely.1