Mister Vane is learning his way around his father's house, a house which is filled with doorways to another world - the world of Lilith. What is dream and what is reality? Is he alive or is he dead? Will he ever find how to get back home? If he does, will he want to go?
Published towards the end of George Macdonald's life, Lilith, like Phantastes, is a fairy-tale for grown-ups. It is also a profound lesson and warning, and an expression of that version of Christianity which denies damnation, for espousing which Macdonald and Lewis Carroll were rejected by the established church.
Singled out as "great works" by Lewis were : "Phantastes", The "Curdie" books, "The Golden Key", "The Wise Woman", and "Lilith".
It is possible that this may be one of the inspirations for the "'Inkling", Charles Williams' book "Descent into Hell" which features a character called Lily Samille, (Lilith daughter of the fallen angel Samael the Accursed). It features similar themes of illusion and self-deception.