Books: Why Girls Leave Delft

MASQUERADE—Jo van Ammers-Küller—Dutton.*

A competent portrayer of Dutch domestic scenes (The Rebel Generation, The House of Joy), Authoress van Ammers-Küller in her latest novel gives an account of life in her native Delft early in the 20th Century. Beginning her tale with something of the ordered, crystalline detail of Dutch interior paintings, she ends it in cloudy emotional confusion and disillusionment.

Social life in Delft is symbolized by the "Lustrum" celebrations, a masquerade carnival held every five years. Everybody takes this pageant very seriously. The actors try to follow orders "to give...

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