Books: A Virtue & Its Fruits

FOUR STUDIES IN LOYALTY (240 pp.)— Christopher Sykes—Sloane ($3).

This little book, a worthy counterpoise to Rebecca West's The Meaning of Treason (TIME, Dec. 8), is one of the pleasures of the season. In the guise of high-class reporting, that book was a brilliant shifting of floodlights around modern forms of an ancient depravity. In the guise of casual memoirs, Four Studies in Loyalty affirms the beauty of the contrary virtue—a virtue that may be as subtle and incalculable in its effects as a fresh scent on a spring morning.

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