Books: Long Baby

MERMAID AND CENTAUR—Rupert Hughes—Harpers ($2).

"Jason had been a long baby, and had grown to six feet before he was eighteen. He was beyond that now, and so ashamed of it that he would never let himself be measured. ... But Rita [his sister] . . was all head. Her head had grown in and on to such bulk as only a giant could uphold, yet her body and her members were hardly larger than an infant's." Rita had a soul of "spiritual perfectness." To amuse Rita, Jason brings a trained seal from the nearby...

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