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SUNDAY, jE5PTEMBfR $0,,1923 THE MICHIGANDALY PAGE SEVEN
the father"-is this, then, the spirit Marion- grows tender and mellow college student to open his eyes and But our schools try to give us knowl-
which pervades a modernized version with the passing years and she over-ito evacuate his mind. If, in the I edge before sight; ability before de-
of "The Scarlet Letter," a key to the comes to a certain extent an unfortu- versity of Michigan, for example, the sire; possession before struggle. True
soul of a book? No, it seems only a nate disposition and jealousy of an in- mental nitlo-glycerine which is dosed intellectual joy is a maze of question
line, a medley of words, a tune which trusion on her sanctity of her love out cannot jar the intellectually smug marks. The elan vital is the will to
the author has hummed over and over for her son. When Richard brings from lethargy and bring upon them stretch one's mental muscles. The
in her mind until she feels that some- his bride, Ellen, to the home whic the great awakening, then a physical sign of attainment is the advent of
where, in this novel somewhere, she she has made for him, the old farn- round bomb should be used to blow ignorance.
must dash out this injunction served stead with its beautifully furnished the bricks of the country's educational
on the human race. rooms, its calm and its peace, when !buildings from their foundations. Turn "A very curious investigation (f an-
"Every mother"-think of that now. this new daughter comes in Marionusour colleges into an anarchist's revel: ily papers hitherto kept secret) has
Think of the ancient ladies in their realizes that Richard's temples sacred itisalready a huge insane asylum. We revealed that Ernest Rnan was des-
silks and satins rustling in to see the to her love must be torn down by ado things backwards! A axi from ended from a son wshm Abelard had
baby in its beruffled crib. Thank of whirlwind of hatrred and disilision- Alfred de Mksset remarks: Seei 'n eloise-msfter the fan aus surgical
the Italian mother who waits at the meut ,of unkindness, and with her soul K'nowf dWit issCan eDare is Have." intervention of Canon Fausert."
gate of Ellis Istans slding a steams- rebelling against it she knocks out Knw;:_W____sCan:_Da____sHav_."__ntervention__fCannFulbert_"
ing, odorous, dark-eyed child to her the foundation and lays the corner-
breast-American, is she nist, who stone for a new one which is to house
brings the immigrant here and not to the love of both Richard and Eilen.
England? Think of the p aant whs. It miit be the home of her soul
children play happily on thts lgrsiss by which she casts away, leaving behind
the cottage. Shall we place iem on the weak son in his uniform of the
the bnch of jiudmen shall -eive Salvation Army, the weak i one whos
them a cap and wig and et te mi catl Richard sends on anew trial sef-re
from t e gret.bookss'tI ,tlie he andEllen- set out on their conquest.
-world, hungry and slie-hir shailEllen with wonder in her ees and
suffer or make happy? No, I d not strength which trial alone could bring
think this is what Rebecca West to an eighteen-year-old lass.
$vould have us do. Forget, then, thits I could tell of the homiely a nes so
tantalizing sentence sron as a lore- skillfully described and could quote a
word, and proceed to the living people, passage to give a taste of the style;AR eadin
FirstI thre is Ellen, airh gs , I could tell in detail of the develop- s-
with hair of burnt gold and orange ment of character. But the book has
and a smirit es-er with nticitison given to me a feeling which rebels
and white with innocence She is a against a technical analysis.
little stenographer who does not real- Reviewed by Edith Milnes
ize that the son of her benevolent em-
ployer covets her as a woman sis n aGNORANCE
hates her for her wit, her accracy, (Continued from Page Five)
her -inipersonal attitudes. A small, n atl esnwyw ahcno
dyspeptic soul le has, and, unable to n earthly reason why se each cannotA lamp that will cast the light's rays wher-
face his ownrbattles, he becomes like ba rendezvous of personalities. Eac ever desired, for it is adjustable to any po-
a beetle with a poisonous sting,cAnobe nt e gese tieetM be used as a desk l ed
changing from a man to a school-boy An sli geitteian told ue sunistime sltlOn. May lamp, -
tattle-tale, with filth in his own sys- a0 :'Go to college to make friends"; lamp or beside an easy chair. Finished in
tem. Ellen does not know the tise which is ancient and excellent advice,
meaning of it, but 'loathes the man Brt a friend is somebody who makes dull brass or mahogany. Made entirely o
from instinct. Sueis frightened at a you do what you can. He is a person metal. Sturdy. Attractive.
love which comes to her out of thei to whom you must expand to meet.
East a lover riding a steed with gold Friend-making is self-expanding. But
and silver trappings of adventure and surely you do not need to stretch
romance and youth. But it bears yourself to meet Avery Jones the sax-
down too suddenly for she has blinked ophone player? Have you really any
away the knowledge of life. Perhaps friends? Have you, for instance, met
it was the fault of her mother a sim- Homer, or Hafiz, or Hauptmann, or
ple soul who lived and died wviti Santayana? Have you even acquired
drab attitude toward the things about the will to appropriate them, to reachC ompan
liar existing only because of the out and grasp Ihem? You have not
daughter whom she adored and who unless you have first experienced the
protected her as only the young can advent of ignorance. The process of Main at William Telephone 2300
take the burden from the old expansion and assimilation is one. See
Richard is of this same nature, ex- the amoeba as an example.
cept that- he has his task brought to Something ought to be done to every
him with more vehemence and force, . .
for he is an illegitimate child and he
must bear also the burden of his
mother's past sorrow. He is- the
stronger for it, and in the night calms
his mother's fears, soothes her again
to the sleep which her troubled dreams
have broken. Ellen, Richard, and
Richard's half-brother, Roger, are dis-
tinctly in the background, and no one
remembers the squire, Harry, who
died in his prime, who went from life
with the knowledge that he was not
ready to go, that he had more to ac-
complish on this earth. Perhaps some
one will say that he haf already done
too much.
Marion, who was stoned through the
streets of her village becuse of her
disgrace, while the squire ticed placid-
ly on in the Hall; who r-i ike Hes-
ter, the taunts of her - sc-men for
giving a life for a lif s-sough and
sweet, astshebeli gthggreaFalltOxfords
joy she stood the 1i -- y ch umilia-
tion and the ostrac pi cerish the
infant who raised Its i l(FoIo a an athe-
real height. For
The second chi, c;r5er, a puny-
weak-minded thing, -. unloved be-
cause of what heass. Ior is to be An entirely new line of Novelty Fall and Winter Oxfords
pitied, for Marion cl Inot love ┬░him,te
in spite of her ears- efiort, and he or the young men of Ann Arbor.
adored Marion.
Peacey, the buttsr i o urged the The full wide, Broguey lasts that Young Fellows like best
marriage on the - -s-ricken girl, are most in evclence.
urged it as a relief im ar-es by his
suave and feline me--5 and who Throw your1 eadlhghts on the style pictured! Black-Tony
made of it the vilest an most un-
speakable sin. Peacey i in hisi Brown or llhl 5 'ucolored Scotch Grain-roomy, racey and
smug comfort, mistreaii ,!pe 'boy rugged.
who was his son and shunning the
girl, who threatened to kill ss ittat
their next meeting. $7.50 t $9.00
For Richard, Marion cherisle a
love that is strong enough to sr-

fi'e all that the fears of struggle nd3
devotion have striven to brin -RAi h-
ard's deep affection for her. cely
is the bond between the two h filial
or motherly love, butsomethin sve
that, always verging- on the t 1 s e,
always about to leap to seine I ar
feight because it was founde a i 1 17 EAST WASHINGTON' PHONE572-j
basis firmer than a divided afcton
can be.

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