Books: Arthur Gets It Over

DOTING (248 pp.)—Henry Green—Viking ($3).

Mr. Middleton, a middle-aged British businessman, is walking home from his club with his friend Mr. Addinsell.

"You know what happened to me? Took my wife out with this girl and she leans on a balcony on purpose so I can look right down the front of her dress."

"What might her name be?" Mr. Addinsell demanded.

"Is none of your damned business." Arthur Middleton laughed. "But things are very different now, aren't they, to when we first went out in London?"

"I don't know, I wouldn't be too sure," his companion demurred.

"Meaning I could be at the dangerous age, Charles?...

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