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THE “ conscientious novel reader" if which many of us recall as attaching to a
such a person still survive, must new novel by George Eliot, there yet issue find food for satisfaction in the modern from the press so many books which are abundance of “good reading.” While distinctly worth while that no excuse, experhaps of no book of the season can it be cept deliberate preference, remains for said that one “ought” to read it, in the reading books that are not worth while. sometime unpleasant sense of obligation Even a casual reference to George Eliot
suggests, of course, Mrs. Humphry Ward, ELEANOR, By Mrs. Humphry Ward. Harper & Brothers, 12mo, $1.50.
whose Eleanor has special interest for
An unsophisticated young tinctly problem-novel. Ought Lady May, woman from Vermont (whose prototype high-bred, beautiful and accomplished, to is said to be the daughter of a distin- have married the Portuguese Jew, a cad guished Harvard professor), with cousins adventurer, when she might have mated in Boston, through whom she seems to have with her own kind? And having married established a mysterious social claim on an him to be at last a widow well rid of him, English family residing near Rome, man- ought she, still posthumously impressed ages quite artlessly to interrupt Eleanor's by the strength of the personality that affair with her fascinating cousin. With- "gets there," have remained “true to his out passing judgment on the strength of memory," despite just the right sort of the book-which in parts is as strong as temptation ? A profound essay by a prothe strongest parts of “David Grieve”- fessor fresh from a psychological laborathe American reader cannot but smile tory would still leave such mysteries unat some of Mrs. Ward's minor slips. revealed. One must imagine Mr. Hawkins She indeed refers with journalistic accu- turning in relief from his own subtleties racy to the “dead and dying” of a Har- to his natural fun-making. For who that vard-Yale football game, but speaks of heard him during his American readings some delightful “ Harvard people," as if can forget the lighting of the eye in symHarvard were a town as her own Oxford is. pathetic anticipation of the fun of sharing She derives the Puritan Lucy of mixed a good thing in the “ Dolly Dialogues ” ? Methodist-Universalist ancestry, when the It needed no authority of announceaccepted parentage of that sort of type is ment to divine that the Dr. North of “ Dr. Congregational-Unitarian, and hangs a North and His Friends” is substantially framed copy of the Declaration of Inde
laration of Inde. Dr. S. Weir itchell himself. The dependence on the wall of Lucy's Vermont lightful stream of sparkling comment on home-perhaps an impression from some- almost every phase of life or art, reflecting thing or other Matthew Arnold picked now this strange conceit and now that odd up in New England, which he passed on character, could only find its source in a to the family as the traditional custom. man of the world who has seen much, Taking Lucy seriously, one cannot quite read widely and observed closely. The escape the impression that she was thought of how much is missed by many adapted from Hilda in “ The Marble of Dr. Mitchell's profession, lacking his Faun."
all-aroundness amid so many curious conWho was it that has said of Andrew tacts, is emphasized by such a book as Lang that he once wrote a dull thing just this. Could any story-teller in search of to show“ his versatility”? Mr. Hawkins “material,” or any philosopher in search has not by any means given so extreme of the exceptional, ask fuller opportunity an illustration of his versatility-could than is vouchsafed in the physician's vohe if he tried ?-for “Quisanté” is the cation? Yet the doctor who writes is the farthest possible remove from dullness. conspicuous exception. Pressure of work, At the same time it is distinctly disagree- but especially the absorption of specialism, able to find so agreeably amusing a story- no doubt accounts for it. Dr. Mitchell teller and commentator on the passing was fortunate in his specialty. Taking show as Anthony Hope proving his all- for granted, of course, the literary gift, aroundness by the production of a dis- his skill in treating nervous disorders, his
QUISANTÉ. By Anthony Hope. Frederick A. Stokes Co., 12mo, $1.50.
DR. NORTH AND HIS FRIENDS. By S. Weir Mitchell, M. D. The Century Co., 12mo, $1.50.
ingenuity in method, anticipating much friend in the world. There are people that
passes under the name of “ Christian who do what I want, and people who won't Science" or "mental healing,” developed until they have to.” a natural alertness of interest in “watch- The story of Dr. Rizal himself appeals ing folks." The reader, however, is not even more strongly than the story of his to suppose that this is in any sense a pen. A poet, scholar and scientist-for doctor's book. Its best things in no way he made a high place for himself as an suggest the practitioner, this, for example, oculist—he was first and foremost a the saying of the successful "hustler":
A Filipino Novel. By José Rizal. “Friend! you are lucky. I haven't a
McClure, Phillips & Co., 12mo, $1.25.
Ay EAGLE FLIGHT.
patriot. At twenty, having finished with and Grizel," might justly be charged with distinction his course at the Jesuit college omitting the novel that is coming to find in Manila, he completed his education at place as the first production of the year. Madrid, Berlin and Vienna. The remain- Whether or not it is Mr. Barrie's own first ing fourteen years—he was shot in 1896 as production is quite another question, one a traitor, despite the protest of Gen. that it is as yet not worth while to ask Blanco, governor-general of the Philip- because it is futile. In the general dispines at the time of his arrest-crowded cussion it is interesting to note that the with travel and study in Europe and book seems to appeal far more to men America, were devoted to constant but than to women. The subtlety of vain appeals to Spanish public opinion Tommy's relations to Grizel in his final for justice for his country. Never an ad- effort by a loveless marriage to undo what vocate of independence, he returned had been done, and the more or less Manila to assist in allaying disaffection tragic failure of that effort through his and righting wrongs, only to be banished final taking-off, create a situation which despite a promise of protection. Released sex-wise finds masculine more than femiafter four years of confinement, he was nine appreciation. Is it because the marseized while on his way to serve as an riage of self-sacrifice and disappointment army surgeon in Cuba, brought back and is so much oftener the anticipated experishot, a romantic love affair ending ence of woman? marriage the night before his death. An Another book, written like Barrie's Eagle Flight written out of such experi- with the art that waits, is Mrs. Steel's ences could not fail of vividness and in- “ The Hosts of the Lord,” her latest tale tensity.
of India. The reader, familiar with reAnother book of the far-away life is sults but not with processes, can hardly Mr. Lloyd Osbourne's first independent understand how a writer can by patient venture, “ The Queen Versus Billy," a persistence of restraint have plot, charcollection of South Sea stories. Of his acter and scene so perfectly in mind that equipment for picturing folk whose very page will follow page without erasure or existence is hardly thought of, one need correction. “And if I do slip,” Mrs. but remember his long and close associa- Steel once said, “I rewrite the whole tion with Stevenson and his own love of page.” To get close to the life of India roving in the track of the sailor and the she for three months lived by herself in occasional trader. Coming out from under the Mussulman quarter of a Punjab the shadow of a great name, Mr. Osbourne town, doing her own work and, nativehas made good his title to recognition as like, sleeping on the roof under the stars. himself a story-teller who knows his art. Out of an experience thus perfected come In its genuineness no less than in its the slowly evolved pictures of race confreshness his work closely recalls that of tacts and contrasts that in fidelity to a Mr. Charles F. Lummis, in his new Mexi- mysterious and elusive type and environcan and South American stories.
ment have been pronounced unique by Any glance at current fiction, however the most competent criticism. hurried, that should overlook “ Tommy To say that M. Bourget brings to the
THE QUEEN VS. BILLY, AND OTHER STORIES. By Lloyd Osbourne. Charles Scribner's Sons, 12mo, $1.50.
TOMMY AND GRIZEL. By James M. Barrie. Charles Scribner's Sons, 12mo, $1.50.
THE HOSTS OF THE LORD. By Flora Annie Steel. The Macmillan Co., $1.50.
DOMESTIC DRAMAS. By Paul Bourget. Translated by William Merchant. Charles Scribner's Sons, 12mo, $1.50.
drama of domestic life sureness of touch The dashing tale of love and adventure, and felicity of phrase “the poet-aspi- with the vice-regal court in Dublin for the rant, now an artisan of prose” mean- scene during the vice-royalty of the duke ing a journalist) to match keen psy- of Rutland in the closing years of the chology and searching philosophy is, eighteenth century, could find no happier of course, to describe Bourget. Yet artificer than Mr. Hinkson, so well known whether one turns to the opening story, for his clever Irish stories. The gallants the emotional drama of the conversion of and beauties in “The King's Deputy" an agnostic physician, or follows the fairly march before the reader's eyes, so more commonplace career of a bourgeois swift in action is the story. Parisian family, or studies the phases of Miss Seawell's latest romance, child life, grouped in a collection of short House of Egremont,” finds suggestion of stories at the end, the reader is impressed mention in Mr. Hinkson's tale as a sketch by the impossibility of dropping out one may suggest a picture. The plot centres of these qualities and preserving the in the St. Germains court life of James, unique charm. If these qualities could the banished Stuart, at the end of the be in any degree dissociated, one from the seventeenth century. It was a time of others, it would be the last of Bourget. great dramatic possibility, crowded with
A like French delicacy of art, perfec- thrill of incident and futility of daring, to tion in mating thought with phrase, that which the story gives powerful expression. characterizes the work of Mr. Henry B. Of chapters of great intensity, the most Fuller, reveals a temperament so much intense is that which tells in simple phrase more naturally in harmony with the finer how a boyish Jesuit faced the hangman environment abroad, that his Chicago be- who draws and quarters, and the dreadlonging is realized only by an effort. It ful mob applauding the butchery, with is hard, therefore, considering him by
as gallant Christian a bravery as ever nationality an American, to place him at marked the end of chivalrous cavalier. his best, whether in the rôle of patriot- On the romantic and historical sides ically fighting Philistinism-as when he
the story is thoroughly satisfying, for arraigned the associated architecture of it is told with vividness, picturesqueChicago as growing “more hideous and
ness and charm. It is a story one more preposterous” every year–or in the might look for from a native of Virrôle in which he is most evidently him- ginia. Where else do Jacobin traditions, self, the teller of the story that most ap- though transplanted, still seem to linger peals to his sympathetic interest. Such with a like sense of fitness ? a story is his latest, a Sicilian romance, “The Last Refugee,” both in its bright
The King's DEPUTY. A Romance of the Last Century. coloring and its sombre shading.
By H. A. Hinkson. A. C. McClurg & Co., $1.25.
THE HOUSE OF EGREMONT. A novel. By Molly Elliott THE LAST REFUGE. A Sicilian Romance. By Henry Seawell. Illustrated by C. M. Relyea. Charles ScribB. Ful Houghton, Mifflin & Co., $1.50.
ner's Sons, 12mo, $1.50