Books: Thief of the Heart

A FEW HOURS OF SUNLIGHT by Françoise Sagan. 185 pages. Harper & Row. $5.95.

Though she disguises it with worldliness, Françoise Sagan is something of a moralist. In her deft little romances, one is aware of the ethical reading as well as the emotional. Like temperature and humidity, they are complementary indications of the atmosphere.

A third of the way through her new book, a man whose career has been ruined by a homosexual scandal tells Gilles, the hero: "I've never lost anything I've given. It's what you steal from people that you pay...

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