SUNDAY, JANUARY 6, 1924
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
THE BONDMAN I tion should be confined to clerks, and
She plucked a thread of golden hair ! even them it drives to drink. Will
To bind my hands in merry glee, the world learn that never we learn
And first I mocked the fetter fair anything that we did not knew be-
Frail sign of brief captivity. fore?"
But ah! no might could set me free; George Moore, "Confessions of a
As triple brass the bond doth hold; Young Man"
I follow where she guideth me, !
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Books and Writers
T E Mreason for coming to New York at
THREE WOMEN I about the time she did. He knows a
AND ONE MAN good deal more about Lew's work,
pay, and habits than does Jessie, and
LEW TYLER'S WIVES, by Wallace sees a chance to use his knowledge.
Irwin. G. P. Putnam's Sons, $200. One evening he takes Jessie to an ex-
The marriage of Jessie and Lew Ty- pensive restaurant for dinner where,
ler was the outcome of a summer: quite by accident of course, they see
spent at the University of California. Lew and the woman of the flat below.
Jessie is little, red-haired and fiery; The net result is that Jessie is more
Lew big, happy-go-lucky and lovable. disgusted with Meech than with Lew,
Both are ordinary human beings. If even though the latter does lie to her
someone offers Lew a drink he ac- about the way he spent the evening.
cepts with "Yu can't make me mad Shortly after this, Buster, whose
that way." If Jessie, doing some job health never was good, dies; on that
Lew should have attended to, falls off night Lew does not get In till after
a step ladder and nearly breaks her midnight. On the day of the funeral
neck she -'asks of the world, "Now he goes out to get a bracer, and final-
what do you think about that?" They ly returns to find the procession half
have a baby, na ed after his father a block down the street. Lew attempts
but called Buster, and he and the cot- to square things with Jessie, but finds
tage absorbs most of Jessie's time and that his excuses do not work. While
interest. Lew helps little; he takeshe is away getting some fruit to ap-
life easy and moves from job to job pease her wrath Jessie takes what she
without the least concern for doctor's needs and leaves the apartment.
fees unpaid and overdue grocery bills.I This upsets Lew considerably, and
se means well, of course, but he sees he decides to brace up and show Jes-
no reason for ory ing. They'll betjslie that he is a man. The bracing up
g . . . accomplishes ut he does not find
Then comes a job with a New York his wife. Giving up the search lie
joIwthjoins the armsy and spends some tisme
importing house at a fair and certain in Fr an d ew ork and
salary-a "wonderful chance" in Jes- r returning to New York and
sie's words. But the change from going into advertising.
California to North Broadway works At this point he meets Virginia, a
no great improvement in the home sit- society woman who condescends to
cation. Lew's work prevents him fall in love with him even though he
from spending much t'nie at the flat, lacks ancestors. Their married life
and Jessie becomes lonely. An ac- is quite successful, even though Vir-
quaintance with a woman on the floor ginia does not approve of Lew's pro-
below helps out, and at the same time fesion of advertising. She is ambi-
Lew comes home a bit oftener. Then tious and Lew makes a good follower,
one evening Jessie sees him enter the and apparently she has him headed
building early-and come up to his well for the diplomatic service-which
home an hour later. Which ends that may not pay, but which is highly re-
friendship. spectable. There is, of course, still
The situation is not helped any by some question about Jessie, and Vir-
one Meech, a mouse-like little man ginia wonders greatly as to just what
who fell in love with Jessie before she Lew still thinks of the red-haired wo-
left San Francisco, and found a handyiman who left him that day of the
possible in your
ventures of the
1 Try Our Sp
The book closes with an obstetrical
scene, with Jessie as Virginia's nurse.
The device, while handy and wholly
natural, is by no means new. One ap-
preciates the irony of the situation,
but he wishes Mr. Irwin had found
some more novel means of bringing
Lew and -Jessie together. . . .
The most striking things about this
book are its seriousness and its real-
ism. Perhaps the impression of the
first is heightened by the fact that
Mr. Irwin is the author; one does not
expect seriousness from the author of
"Letters of a Japanese Schoolboy."
The realism, however, is a matter of
itself-of skillful treatment. There is
no attempt to give the reader the in-
nermost thoughts and motives of Lea',
Jessie, and Virginia. Instead he meets
these people in the book as he might
meet them in life. He knows no more
about Lew than Jessie or Coleen did;
no more about Jesie than Grandma
Salz could find out in a conversation
over the back fence. Nor is he both-
ered by plot; these folks act and live
as such folks do act and live. The
result is true realism.