Books: The Company She Keeps

A HISTORY OF COURTING (290 pp.)—E. S. Turner—Dutton ($3.75).

Why does not lovely Miss Somersdown give her hand to Mr. Bluster? Is it because Bluster, who is inclined to booze, resembles "a walking lump of drink-produced excrescences?" No, no, it is not that at all. It is because Bluster's courting technique is so blistering—"a cold methodical intriguing piece of secularity, without sympathy or sentiment, talent or tenderness." It cannot be compared to the courting methods of manly Nat, who cries from the bottom of his honest heart: "O speak unreservedly to me, Miss Somersdown;...

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