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DAUGHTERS AND REBELS (284 pp.)—Jessica Mitford—Houghton, M/ffif/n ($4).

The English are said to dearly love a lord, and the second Lord Redesdale is there to prove that they dote on a dotty peer—especially if he has six daughters, mostly zany, mostly blonde. An impressive photograph of the six Honorable Misses Freeman-Mitford, in their ironclad British tweeds, appears in this autobiography by one of their number. An industrious, middle-aged newspaper reader with total recall would be able to attempt a quiz about every blessed one of them, roughly thus:

The one glowering on the left...

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