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THE SUMMER MICHIGAN DAILY

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BOOKS OF THE DAY

Mr. Fortunes Maggot, by Sylvia out to enlighten the inhabitants of
Townsend Warner, 241 pages, The Vik. south seas. In the space of three
slightful years he makes one con
from among the natives, discovers
In the genlte irony, descended long conversion to be superficial only, 1
since from Voltaire, is spun this new his own faith in the midst of an ea

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novel of Miss Warner. Perhaps spun
is not descriptive, for there is nothing
of the tale-teller emanating from. it,
nothing of the fuel that is burned by
long winter firesides holding the eye
of its reader steadfast and the mind
enwrapt. Its paragraph's are rather
tossed off lightly and delicately turn-
ed, so that it comes freshly and easily
to the most fagged of attentions. It
would seem that the moral gyrations
of Mr. Fortune were especially de-
signed for that short summer interval
when book stores literally close shop
and magazine stands flourish in their
stead.
If one were to search for a soul- sat-
isfying adjective with which to de-
scribe the novel, whimsical would be
the logical choice-the only one. If
elementals are sought, Mr. Fortune,
his fantastic Maggot, and the breezy
island of Fanua, where the action
trips along, leave the reader in states
amused, entranced, and at last wistful.!
Amusement is baramount for the first
hundred pages, while continuity andI
tiresomeness are surprisingly absent.
The summer reader, his feet cocked on
the porch-rail or swung from a ham-,,
mock, says to himself "Amusing," then
"Ridiculous," follows this with !inter-
mittent chuckles, suddenly grows sym-
pathetic, lighting the porch-lamp so
that he may read later than he had
bargained for, and somewhat later yet
closes the covers slowly and wishes
the author-or autheress-had writ-
ten more. Such a conclusion seems
always to be sought after by the many
and attained by the few with uncon-
scious directness.
Mr. Fortune is not physical, he could
never be illustrated. He is the embod-
iment of several small traits, sublime,
ridicillous, wheey and human. A
bank of England clerk turned leisurely
by a twist of luck in middle age, he
subscribes himself to the often-abused
cause of the missionary, and ventures'

quake, and sails away in as much
doubt concerning his future as is the
reader himself.
j Occasionally, perhaps only once or
twice during the course of her work,
Miss Warner flashes sophistication,
and then not for its self alone, but as
a surprising twist. It is always lying
there in wait, and may spring up from
the very next page. One never knows
just where she may stand in relation
to the Church of England, and queerly
enough, that question rises constantly.
So delicate is the phrasing and narra-
tion an agnostic might read mockery
or a devotee faith, but neither would
venture to make a charge or take pri-
vate offense. It is, well-just so, even
to the laying of the altar furniture in
front of the missionary's hut. After
such a repast of airy precision the
reader is almost ashamed to feel him-
self warming to the humanness of the
relations between Mr. Fortune and his
native protege, and blushes pleasantly
to himself at the final bursts of af-
fection.
So much for that, and as for tribute
let it be said that not once is there dis-
appointment, always is there perfect
enjoyment. "Mr. Fortune's Maggot"
is the kind of a book that is handed
along to some one well-liked and ap-
preciative, some one who will be sur-
prised like yourself when the last page
is turned. -K. G. P.

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