Books: Impertinent

ARACHNE—Eden Phillpotts—Macmillan ($2.25). Slangy conversation between classic Greeks suggests Erskine; muses conversant with the Charleston recall various recent fantasies; and the wilful woman who (almost) came to woeful end has been heard of before. She would have her profession, and she did excel at it, so the gods had to interfere and deposit her in the domesticating arms of her lover, soon husband and five times father. Bromide, he had said "No woman ever made anything more beautiful than a complete and perfect baby," but Arachne swore she preferred making the complete and perfect web of brilliant silks. Athene promised to...

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