Books: Banal

THE FOOLISH VIRGIN—Kathleen Norris—Doubleday, Doran ($2). Again a Norris heroine is "the picture of smart and exquisite girlhood," beloved of California's wild younger set, at Carterbridge. Again the sleek handsome beau is found wanting in emergency, and the strong silent man, hitherto scorned, comes to the rescue, this time with a colorful Spanish hacienda. So well does Author Norris know the human heart that much of her recorded knowledge is banality. But there is a good lovers' quarrel over steak for dinner.


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