Books: Also Current: Feb. 26, 1965

A MATTER OF BLUE CHIPS by William Wetmore. 185 pages. Doubleday. $3.95.

Young Wall Street Broker W. Lockwood Thompson, expectably enough, is an Episcopalian; but all he really believes in is old money and old family (twelve generations), and he observes that faith by celebrating 365 Condescension Days a year. This condescension drips like ungentle rain on anyone beneath—club stewards, upstairs maids, college deans, headwaiters, and Mike Connor, an upstart Irish colleague in his uncle's brokerage house. Then, at age 30, "Lock" suddenly suffers a rupture in his social conscience, a vestigial organ that...

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