Books: The Pagan Touch

THE INNOCENTS

by MARGERY SHARP 1 83 pages. Little, Brown. $5.95.

Innocent here is a gentle, archaic term for a retarded child. Antoinette Guthrie, aged three, is the daughter of a beautiful English woman and a wealthy American. She is confided to the care of an aging friend in East Anglia while her parents travel on the Continent. World War II interrupts the tour, and the parents must return directly to America, leaving their daughter in England for the duration. After the war, the mother, who has become a New York society figure, returns to...