Books: Sturdy Muffin

THE MALLETS—E. H. Young-Harcourt, Brace ($2). The phrase "an English novel" has come to have a peculiar conversational significance. It connotes a fiction with a background unmistakably English, usually rural; with thoroughly British characters who are fond of animals, especially horses. The length of the book is at least twice what it should be were not the fiction "an English novel."

Of this description is The Mallets. The Mallets are four single ladies—Caroline, Sophia, Rose, and Henrietta. The first three are of the older generation, Rose being our...

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