Books: Parisian Idyll

MITSOU—Colette—Boni ($2).

"How Girls Grow Wise" is the subtitle. The brief story is that of a Montmartre revue star—her love-affair with a young French lieutenant. Superficially neither an artistically promising nor a morally edifying subject, it grows under Author Colette's intuitive fingers into a completely charming, almost persuasive idyll.

Mitso, serious, ambitious, profoundly sensible, is the ''friend" of a Man of Means. She has never been really in love. One night backstage she meets a handsome young lieutenant on leave from the front. She is more than correct, he is slightly embarrassed, but...

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