Mixed Motives*

Seven Autopsies on a Battlefield of Mangled Reputations

On his first encounter with the buckwheat cake Arnold Bennett is supposed to have remarked: "I say, it isn't half so rotten as it looks!" This is the impression which Mr. Bradford sets out to give of these seven—as he admits—"paley damaged" and very miscellaneous souls. He makes no attempt to acquit them of their faults, but by showing the light in which they saw themselves, the damage seems more the result of circumstance than of intent.


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