Books: Moss on the Manse

THE DAUGHTERS OF NECESSITY (317 pp.) — Peter S. Feibleman — World ($4.50).

An experienced Wagnerian soprano can strike an attitude and hold it motionless for what can seem like a half-hour; but the characters in this umbrous opera of moss on the manse may stay frozen for 20 years or more in the postures of their neuroses. "She did not change again," writes Author Feibleman of the hero's sweetly frigid second wife, "by so much as the amount of cream in her morning coffee." He could have added that the hero himself does not alter by a jot, after a...

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