Books: Innocent & Imbecile

THE TRUE HEART—Sylvia Townsend Warner—Viking ($2.50).

The True Heart is delicate fantasy, a charming English idyl, exquisite prose. It is the story of Sukey Bond, orphan, bent on loving Eric, harmless imbecile lad. Eric had been farmed out at New Easter by-the-sea, where Sukey, in service, faithfully scrubbed, cooked, churned, darned, ironed. The darning basket she carried to a forsaken orchard—Eric's discovery beyond the marshes—and there she and Eric played together. Love was something utterly novel and dear to Sukey. At the orphanage she had been commended with prizes for conduct, for needlework...

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