Books: Provincial Aridity

THE CLOSED GARDEN—Julian Green—Harpers ($2.50).

The Story. There was no story, and that was Adrienne's trouble. Suppressed by a middle-class father concerned only that the arid monotony of his existence, be undisturbed, guarded by her sickly sister, the village spinster who envied youth and health and beauty, Adrienne was starved for drama. She could but set the stage—parlor furniture to dust in the morning, geraniums to cut by the garden gate—and wait in vain for the hero. From an upper window she watched for him, a middle-aged neighbor. The sharp ledge cut into her arms, the heavy scent of summer flowers filled...