Tristan and Iseult
The romantic story of Tristan and Iseult, stripped of all description to a base story.
This came from the concept that there are only 5 or so original (or different) stories in the world… and all that differentiates the stories after that is the descriptions and embellishments.
These stories are completely distilled. This theory can be seen in Romeo and Juliette, in which many variations exist but which also seems to be very similar to the medieval tale of Tristan and Iseult.
Thus I decided to take this sad story of doomed lovers and see how it would hold up with all of the descriptions and details removed. The ghost of these embellishments have been left there, and the version can be read both in its distilled form or in the original telling.