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The Born Fool

Nature volume 100, page 304 (20 December 1917) | Download Citation



THIS is the record, in considerable detail, of the childhood and adolescence of an engineer and geologist who, born and moving in middle-class circles, convinces himself that it is his duty, on purely altruistic grounds, to marry a woman not only of lower social and intellectual status than himself, but also appreciably older. In parts the story is excellent (if this recalls the curate's egg”, absit omen), and, despite some few naivetes and trivialities-slight blemishes inseparable, perhaps, from the maiden production of any author—it is a very interesting study, abounding, in natural touches and realistic incidents.

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