Books: Tenebroso-Cavernoso

GREY EMINENCE — Aldous Huxley —Harper ($3.50).

In the 17th Century when "even the act of excretion was often performed in public" and "kings and princesses . . . made conversation while seated on the chaise percée," the news of Cardinal Richelieu's piles had penetrated into every corner of the kingdom of France. To rally the Cardinal during his hemorrhoidal depressions, there used to pad into his room one of the most mysterious, potent and least known of Europe's great power politicians. He was His Grey Eminence, the barefoot Capuchin friar. Father Joseph—for some...

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