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the one atpractical worlding, the other a thwarted
Utopian; to David, the half-brother who was her, I
foster father; to pompous Pomfret; to lazily beauti-DR M A
ful Jennifer. The author not only made his work
readable, but intensely gripping.
Although Judith's married life with the black- THE WHITEHEADED BOY
guard Georges Paris, who did not come to love her -
truly tuntil the moment of his death, is one of the A Review by William J. Gorman
most perfect descriptions of unreciprocated love in
modern literature, the narrative centers about Ju-
dith's life-long and unsuccessful attempt to escape pared for the Abbey Theatre Play-
from that heritage of Herries fightin9; tradition that ers. Mr. Robinson himself had told
ens aved her, and to go back and hide herself in us of their history; his reticen^ °
Watendlath among the Cumbrian hills, where she about their virtues wa roveain

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,iwson E. Becker
Edward C. Caniuplll
C. Williams Carpenter
Thomas Connellan
Samuel 0. Ellis
Dorothy Brockman
Miriam Carver
Beatrice Collins
Louise CnrAdal
FEsie Feldman
Prudence Foster

REPORTERS
Fred A. Huber
Norman Kraft
Roands Martn
Henry Meyer
Albeit I1. Newman
E. Jerome Pettit
Oeorgia Geisman
Alice Gilbert
Vartha Littleton
L ns M nch ester
Elizabeth Mann

John i. Townsend
Charles 4. Sanford
John W. Prthard
Joseph Renihan
U. hart ,auaif
Brackle Shw
Parker t.-.nyder
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Margaret O'rilen
illary R.jrden
Iorothy unesll
ELrma Wadsworthl
.losephinie Woodliams

had spent the few happy hours of her life with
Georges. In keeping with its theme, the atmosphere
that is instilled in the book alternates between the
blatant progressiveness of the Herries' london, and
indeed of everything else with which the Herries clan
came into contact, and' the rich, fresh, wild beauty of
Cumbria. The musical names of the countryside-
Watendlath, Langdale Pikes, Fairfield, Helvellyn,
Yewdale-abound; in one place, Judith is made to
chant a sort of litany:
"Stonethwaite, Honister,
Gavel, Watendlath,
Rosthwaite, Uldale,
Bleaberry, High Sea,
Arboth, Grey Knotts,
Glaramara-"
The historical value of "Judith Herries" is very
questionable. In places Walpole uses his common
sense, inserting such passages as a discussion of
"Boney's" escape from Elba, or a festival (to which
Judith was a witness) at which appeared the Prus-
sian king, Blucher, and a number of contemporary
celebrities; but other references are markedly stilted,
being perhaps the weakest parts of the book. I refer,
for example, to a visit to Robert Southey, and to
mention of domestic trouble between Mr. and Mrs.
Coleridge.
On the whole, Walpole is far more agreeable in
a theme of this sort than he was in his London
novels, especially "TI e Duchess of Wrexe." And,
thank the Lord, he has not attempted to copy Gals-
worthy in the least degree-although, when the final
two volumes of the Herries books appear, he will have
something whose material resembles that of the For-
sythe Saga.

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NIGHT EDITOR-JAMES INGLIS
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1931

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And India
M AHAT MA GANDHI, frail in body but stroing
in spirit, has left England for idia. In his
heart there is disappointment, for the plea of self-
government which he made at the secorid round-
table conference in London for his countryhas-not
been satisfactorily answered for hin. There is no
doubt that some gain was made at: the meeting;Y
but whatever the gain, there still remain, an un-
surmountable barrier-to the complete freedom of
India's heterogeneous millions.
In this country, interest in the conference
seemed to lie in the attitude of the British govern-
ment . in refusing to relinquish its hold on the
Asian sub-continent. Americans merely shrug
their shoulders and say, "Why does the British
government so steadfastly cling to a country
which has become, >atroublesome problem?" The
answer is not difficult to find, if an analysis be
made of the subject. A few days ago thewriter
had the privilege to discuss with a British subject
this particular question, a man who had many

I CIRE~EN RELCIN I
AT TIDE ICHIGAN
Without doubt "Possessed" is Joan Crawford's
best picture since "Paid," which was superior chiefly
in plot and dialogue; certainly not \in supporting cast,
or in the thoroughness with which Miss Crawford
read her part. Her interpretatipn of the poor little
factory girl who leaves her home in Erie, Pa., for a
fling in-New York to become the mistress of the Anil-
lIonaire Mark Whitney (Clark Gable) is intelligent
Gabls paret is somewhat older and a little more
serious, than those he has previously taken, with the
gratifying result that his adaptation to it is even
bltter and his personality even more forceful than
it has heoetofore been.
As comie y relief, in addition to the consistently
amusing Skeets Gallagher (who, incidentally,e
better than ever before), movie fans are getting their
fit look at a certain Wallace Ford, stage idol of
Chicago and Detroit, and now holder of the only
seven-year contract in the movie colony, who fun-
ishes his share of laughs, in spite of the fact thA his
performance lacks the spontaneity so characteristic
of his stage parts which included leads in "Bad Girl,"
"Young .Sinners," and "The Nut Farm," in all of
which he played opposite Marjorie Peterson.
Nowhere throughout "Possessed" is there evidence
of weak direction; never does one feel that the char-
acters are acting unnaturally, nor are the love se-
quences anything but convincing. "Possessed" is a
good picture.

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enough. But we didn't need to
read his reticence. On a previous
visit he directed a splendid stu-
dent production of "The White-
headed Boy." What would it be
like played by his own actors who
had Aived in the parts for years?
When Mr. Robinson finally did
pull out the rabbit from the hat.
it was cheered. We were given that
very certain, very perfect, very vi-
tal, absolute performance of a score
-as rare a thing on the stage as
in the concert hall. I think the
principal revelation of the evening
lay along those lines. The values
of hard "co-operative work in pro-
duction became apparent when Mr
Robinson's quite unpretentious play
became such a splendid thing-
radiating that powerful zest for life
which is comedy's force and mean-
ing.
The members of this repertory
company, one feels, agreed on g
method of production. Mr. Rbin-
son as director helps them to the
perfect translation of the terms of
that agreement. It is really quite
a classic method. There is a tem-
perate repression of the details-
details of excessive grimacing or
wild pacing-ordinarily associated
with comic "acting." Motion on the
stage-as C. E. Montague long ago
pointed out in his splendid article
on the company-is intellgentty
regulated: It is never the unintelli-
gefit haphazard of absolute natur-
alness and never, never the ordin-
ary theatric and artificial excess
of activity. As a director, Mr. Rob-
inson is not anxious to male
points" at every moment. He
makes his principal "point" very
quietly, without insistence-prii-
cipally with droll stage-pictures, so1
perfectly achieved as to fix them-
selves. One recalls, for example,
the neat way the play's "theme"
ras summed up by two stage pic-
ures-one in the first act-George -
tanding by the fireplace proclaim-
ing his vow to break the rule of
the whiteheaded boy-rebellion
the other in the last act-Mrs. Geo-
ghegan boldly dealing o u t her
"semedays" to those who had dared
to rebel-victory. The American
method--if one may generalise-
would have been much more slam-
bang in both places; there would
have been a pretty riotous effort
to push both those scenes "right
over the footlights and at 'em.
The American director, in fact,
would iever have imagined that
Eileen Crowe could be Mrs. Geo-
ghegan or Maureen Delany Aunt
Ellen, or Barry Fitzgerald John
Duffy so perfectly and so vehe-
mently from "sitting down" posi-
tions. As soon as he perceived the
splendid rig of Aunt Ellen, he'
would have made up his mind to
have her do a lot of walking aboutj
to show how terribly funny it was.
As a matter of fact, Aunt Ellen's
extraordinary energy was nicely
pointed by being concentrated in
the region of her chair; and when
she was not executing plans, there
was a very droll sense of repression.
Similarly, what splendid humour
was given in the second act to John
Duffy's indignation (a mixture o
family pride and business acumeni
when he got up from that position
of quiet tantalising intensity at the
table. An American director would
have shown the indignation see-
thing; Mr. Fitzgerald merely rose
to it.

There doesn't seem much point to
making the apearance of the Ab-
bey players an occasion to decry
American playing. Except that it
does seem difficult to be explicit,
except negatively, about perfection.
Suffice it to say, then, that the fa-
mous reticence of the Abbey tradi-
tion is an unusually effective way,
of being emphatic; that by it,
points can be made without being,
so pointed as to lose their point.
Last night, it certainly proved a
perfect way to translate the drol-
lery of Mr. Robinson's play - a
queer sort of drollery coming from1
Mr. Robinson's shrewd comic in-
sight and his effective assertion
that though his countrymen have
an appalling talent for self-decep-
tion and for deceiving, they exer-
cise it with a vigorous joy-in-the-
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friends in the Indian Civil Service. 1' /
For one thing, India's self-independence will"
never be gained no long as her peoples are unable K UQ) IF
to agree among themselves. The various'racial
and religious groups are split. Complete accord Letters published in this column should not
anf gernment gdeup aretsi Cmee~ ford abe construed as expressing the editorial opiniont
ofgon mentoalondepartrments is necessaryfrr an odThe Daril. Annymu omnictins will
sound foundation of self-rule ; without harmony, of ThsegDaily.Anonymeous communicats will
little can be accomplished. If the British Coin- howevergae regarded as confidential upon re-
pionwealth of Nations should give India the con- ihoee. ntbregare aske coniei uponr-
rrol of her destiny, conf-usion would result from quest. Contributors are asked to be brier, con-
tro ofherdesin, cnfuionwold esut fom fining themselves, to less than 300 words if 1
inimediate freedom. It can readily be seen, there- possible.
fore, that the process pis a laborious one, and can- p
not be-realized by the turn of a hand.
Again, British rule in India seems to be of the To The Editor: '
highest standards and interests. Many' men of The folowing is a copy of-a letter I have sent to
high rank have given their lives in the Indian serv- the editor of the Grand Rapids Herald:
ice, not only in the-iiterests of Great Britain, but Your editorial on the Western conference football;
also in the interests of India itself. The time will championship in which you suggest that in the in-a
come when the great race of the Indian people will terests of good sportsmanship, Michigan and Purdue
be given the demands they seek, but to completely should concede the championship to Northwestern,
sever relations with a few spoken words, when has been read with much interest.
discord manifests itself -on every hand, would While I agree with you perfectly that it would be'
create a problem which would seriously affect a splendid sportsmanlike act for these two universi-
other nations. ties to concede the championship to Notthwestern;
-- -there arises in my mind a question as to whether or
not they have any right to do so under the existing
circumstances.
This statement appears in your editorial. "When
post-season charity games were suggested it was
JUDITH PARIS, by Hugh Walpole (Double- discovered that they would lack pulling power unless
day, Doran), $2.50. (Review Copy Courtesy of accepted as affecting the standing of teams in the
Wahr's Bookstore). championship competition." It was therefore decided
that these charity games should have the same bear-
"'Oh, if Adam could grow into the master of them ing upon the championship as the regularly sched-
all, rule the pack of them.' . . . But she was going to uled games.
Watendlath, and Adam with her, leaving the Herries As a result thousands of Purdue and Michigan
beindthmfoever, and Adam w ouhhldg be aHfarr supporters attended these games with the under-
behind them forever, and Adam would be a farmer standing that if theii team won and Northwestern
like Charlie Watson. . . riding up the road to see the lost they would tie for the Conference championship.
Tarn shining with the evening sun, and he would The teams also played with that understanding. If
call to his dog, and the fields would smile up at him, now they concede the championship to Northwestern,
the hills look kindly down. . . ." Iwill these supporters not have a just claim that their
A strange child was Judith Herries, daughter of money was obtained under false pretenses?
an insurgent aristocrat and of a gypsy. She had The Conference officials would then be in the
never seen -her father or her mother; both had died position of saying, "We will let the public and players
the day she was born, her mother in childbirth, her think that the championship is at stake, but we will
father because of grief. Yet coursing through her tell them afterwards that we were just fooling." For
were two mutually inimical'strains of blood, that of on no other basis could the championship be award-
thie arno ant . nmineering Herries. and that of the , ed to Northwestern since the records of Purdue and

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