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"Rahab" Is a strange, poetic, pas- indifferent as the Chorus is dignified A REVIEW-AN-D OTES BY G.D.E.|wher ther can buy copies of these
,donate story, the tale-to use a melo- and ceremonious. -So, of course, he is (Continued from Page 5) magazines, and without exception
dramatic phrase-of a soul in torment., likely to be in an American theatre; and harden and grow whiskers before such persons are the best buyers of
A woman, cut short from what prom- but with this difference, that in a Chin- they got past belief in Santa Claus books on the campus. The truth is
ised to be a happy married life, is ese theatre he and his property bk and the Stork. that any one store having these maga-
thrown upon her own resources and is are always on the stage, in full view zines on sale while its competitors did
forced through a nightmare of agoniz- of the audience.' In Cjna, the audi- It is a source of wonderment to me not would divert a deal of trade into
ing spiritual tortures until she reaches ence ignores hin as easily as an Am- that some of the local bookstores do itself. With the library banning
the breaking point, from which she has erican audience ignores the fact that not carry the new magazines. There nearly all the. respectable new maga-
to reconstruct the shattered founda- a painted canvas drop is not a brick is not a place in town where I can zines it would, in fact, have little
tions' of her existence. wall We pretend that it is a brick buy 'the Double-Dealer, or -Broom, competition in the sale of such peri-
The sufferings of Fanny Luve cannot wall, knowing that it isn't; the Chin- or All's Well, or The Reviewer or odicals, and as nearly all of these
be regarded from a prosaic viewpoit. ese pretend that ,the property man Poetry, on The Midland, or-think of magazines carry reviews by tife really
One must accept the mood in which. isn't there, knowing that he is. In it-The Dial. I am rarely successful cdmpetent critics the sale of books
"Rahab" is' pitched-a fiery, fhoetic this play we are asked to accept the in getting a copy of The Frgeman, or would certainly be advanced.
mood-in order'to sympathize with the Chinese convention. "Let me impress The Nation, or The Bookman. Are
mental conflict that follows the frus- upon you," admonishes the Chorus, the bookstores afraid their p1rofits will Joseph McCabe, one of the foremost
tthat my property man is to%'our eyes be cut by persons buying the maga- of atheistic writers, has translated
Fanny is of a passionate nature and intensely invisible." And yet the zines instead of books? If so they are Rudolf Eucken's autobiography"Rud-
the separation which results from her American authors know that an thinking nonsense. Such. magazines I olf Eucken, His Life, Work and
husband's perverted sense of right and American audience will insist upon will greatly stimulate the sale of good Travels," (Scribners), frdm the Ger
duty turns her into somewhat of a watching the property man; therefore books. Rvery day, persons ask me man.
nymphomaniac. The struggle is shown theyinake psoerty mn;ohreyebys
from the level of Fanny's own mind. make his oddity in our easa
Trees, thepsychoanalysts' symbol of matter for humor. He wears his sup- -- ------------------.-. .. .... ...
the lovers' embrace, continually force posed invisibilty with an air of elabor-
themselves into her-consciousness. She ate impudence. When the actors need
has ecstatical moments of self-aban- his assistance he moves with swift
donment and she is continually har- precision, but even then he shows .
assed by inhibitions. After the inevit thst he is bored with the whole busi-
able breakdown she comes passively ness. When he is not needed he sitszs
to accept a lower plane of life, upon by his box of properties reading, or
which she drifts, with her friends, eating rice with chop-sticks, or smok-5-
to the book's dramatic cnclusion. ing. He never speaks.
All this is powerfully told, in a style Like the' plays of Shakespeare, and Upstream b Lewisoh .. 3.00.
that is half prose, half poetry. Al- for the same reason (the absence of ** *Y.
though the story centers about the movable scenery), "The Yellow[/
mental experiences of Fanny, there is Jacket" contains many scenes. The Ame ia an u g y/ n n
a strong,almost lurid plot. Yet Frank number is somewhat indefinite, for in a
manages to avoid the melodramatic, the third act one -scene is set wthin
as he does the vulgar; and the result another, but the total is about twenty-the World
is a remarkable book, probably the two. There are no tiresome delays, Road to thewWmredfby W aldron. . . 1.90
best work among the new forms that however. The Chorus shsfts scenes
has yet been produced in this country. with- his voice; the work of magic
being aided by the lackadaisacal prop Timber by Titus.. ........... 175
"Tortoises" is a long poem by D. H. erty man, and completed in the mind
Lawrence, published in an attractive of the audience. The change may
format, by Thomas Seltzer. It is a even be indicated by the persons in
poetic interpretati n of the inarticu- the pla.. Subscriptions received in "Double Dealer" Magazine
late life of the tortoise, from the time Finally, for us moderns, the play is
of its birth, when it stumbles about a challenge. If we accomplish the
like a "half-animate bean," until the mental creation of the scenes as they
climax of its humble love, life. proceed, our imaginations have not
By all academic standards this lost all the liveliness bequeathed by
book is not poetry. There is no our. ruder ancestors; if we fail, ourST R
rhyme, no attempt at meter, and no imaginatoins are as dull as they are BOO K STORE
regular stanza division. But these often said to be.
rules .are transcended by the uncon-
scious rhythm and the burning ecs- "Socialism: An Analysis, an anti-
tacy, becoming as it draws nearer the socialistic volume by the well-known
climactic passion, more and more in- German, Rudolf Eucken, has been
tense. published by Scribners.. . . ............................................... ......... . ....................................... .
The tortoise is, of course, an un-
usual selection for poetic subject
matter. But Lawrence, with poig-
nant sympathy and understandingN a v c N v t'o n onthe Huron River
ception of its lonely, groping exist-
ence. He has presented, in its en-
tirety, the picture pf the essential
oneness of this aimlessly struggling
little animal, filled with the pulsing
indertitude of life, and doomed inevit-
ably to be "crucified into sex." This
brings the poet to his conclusion, the
exquisite pain and loveliness in the
fulfillment of the vaguely felt pur-
pose of existence.
This poem finds Lawrence in atyp-Liv e ry
ical mood, the passionate observer at
the spectaclse of the wonder and mys-
tery of love. He records it finely in
his feverishly vivid manner. While
the present "book will not stand up
with the best of his novels, it will
compare favorably with any of his
poetc woSeason Rentals Now Ready
poetic works.
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(Continued from Page 1)
stitute for placards the Chorus, an
impressive dignitary who presides
with bland aristocratic grace. "I P C AL
speak in the first person," says he, ' PE CI L TO CAN0E OWNER R
"for I am accustomed to adulation,
and it does not in the least discom-
pose me "It is with him that we fol' $. 50 reduction on Canoe Sorage if paid at once
low the tale unfolded by his "broth.
ers of the Pear Tree Garden."
The property man is as casual and

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