FICTION: Clarification

CLAIRE AMBLER—Booth Tarkington— Doubleday, Doran ($2.50).

The Story. It is an illogical but not totally unfortunate circumstance that, with the aid of beauty, the most stupid woman may successfully pretend to possess a civilized intelligence. Claire Ambler, though beautiful, was not entirely stupid; the ego-centripetal activity of her mind was doubly painful because of the artificiality it first produced and then criticized. But the men who buzzed around her, like bees around a blossom, did not understand this unhappy virtue; they were content to adore Claire Ambler, forgetting in their own egotism,...

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