Books: A Lover Needs a Confidant

FARTHING HALL—Hugh Walpole and J. B. Priestley—Doubleday, Doran ($2.50).

Mark French, youthful painter, Robert Newlands, less youthful Oxford Don, were both conducting parlous affairs of the heart; and had it not been for their eighteenth century habit of writing each to the other as confidant, neither affair would have turned out so satisfactorily. Into the Lake Country Mark pursued his love-at-first-sight, a charming bit of femininity out of Jane Austen, or—remembering her ferocious father and mysterious exile at Farthing Hall—Jane Eyre. Mark had no sooner wrung from her a timid confession of love than she dismissed him, insisting that her duty...

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