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TOMMY AND GRIZEL.
BY J. M. BARRIE.
IT is impossible to read Mr. Barrie's sequel to "Sentimental Tommy" (Cassells, 6s.) without wishing that Tommy had never lived to be a man. He should have been a boy for ever. That, however, is a vain wish, for Mr. Barrie has allowed Tommy to grow up and we must take him as we find him. In sketching Tommy's career as a man of genius, Mr. Barrie has penned a satire upon the artistic temperament. He does not spare Tommy and lays bare with a ruthless hand the secret springs which prompt all the actions of this spoiled child of fortune. In a concluding chapter Mr. Barrie makes selections from the imaginary obituary notices which appeared in the papers at the death of Mr. T. Sandys. It is a touch of a master hand and a cutting satire upon the world's estimate of a man's character and ideals.
From the day Tommy sets foot in London in search of work as the amanuensis of "colossal" Pym, the writer of cheap popular serial fiction, to the moment when he hangs throttled on the spikes of the park railings of Lord Rintoul's estate, he is incurably sentimental. He clothes every act with a gauzy mist of sentiment. He is tyrannised over by his sentimental impulses, whose promptings he is powerless to resist. His actions are performed, not because he believes them good or bad, but because of what he thinks other people will say of them. He is always playing a part, and always conscious that he is playing it. He can make believe at times so superbly as almost to deceive himself and the reader. He makes love as he believes the perfect lover should, but all the time he does not love, and cannot love. He is unable to resist the wiles of the tempter, provided the temptation is shrouded with sentimental wrappings. At times he is aghast at the situations into which his besetting weakness lands him. He escapes so often, that he becomes convinced at last that his little gods," as he calls them, will always rescue him from the consequences of his actions.
Tommy's great book upon woman brings him fame and popularity. He becomes the pet of Society. Carried away by one of his sentimental impulses, he proposes to a widow whom he hardly knows. To his immense relief, she refuses his offer. Tommy flees to Thrums when the hot fit is over, and he realises the peril he has so narrowly escaped. Tommy, however, is only a secondary personage in the story, although Mr. Barrie probably intended he should occupy the foreground. Grizel of the crooked smile, the child of the Painted Lady, grown to womanhood, is the pathetic human figure around which the story revolves. She is passionately devoted to the truth, clear-sighted, and endowed with a horror of all makebelief, pretence and sham. It is pain to Grizel if she cannot answer yes or no to a question. Tommy always avoids a direct answer, and shirks anything that threatens to draw a dividing line between truth and falsehood. Grizel falls in love with Tommy. Irresolute Tommy lets her think he loves her, but when the way is cleared of all obstacles to their marriage he recoils in dismay. With a touching proud humility Grizel refuses to bind him :“Do you mean you don't love me?" she said. "You must tell me what you mean."
"That is how others would put it," he replied. "I believe they would be wrong. I think I love you in my own way, but I thought I loved you in their way; and that is the only way which counts in this world of theirs. It does not seem to be my world. I was given wings, I think; but I am never to know
that I have left the earth until I come flop upon it with an arrow through them. I crawl and wriggle here, and yet "—he laughed harshly-"I believe I am rather a fine fellow when I am flying!
She nodded. "You mean you want me to let you off?" she asked. "You must tell me what you mean.' And as he did not answer instantly: "Because I think I have some little claim upon you," she said, with a pleasant mile.
"I am as pitiful a puzzle to myself as I can be to you," he replied. "All I know is that I don't want to marry any one. And yet I am sure I could die for you, Grizel."
It was quite true. A burning house, and Grizel among the flames, and he would have been the first on the ladder. But there is no such luck for you, Tommy. "You are free," was what she said. "Don't look so tragic,' she added, again with the pleasant smile. "It must be very distressing to you, but--you will fly again." Her lips twitched tremulously. "I can't fly," she said.
There are many Tommies in the world, and it is unfortunate that they have so strong an attraction for the Grizels. It is the Grizels whose lives are spoiled and whose loving self-sacrifice is lavishly, but vainly, squandered upon the men who are not worthy to kiss the hem of their garments. Poor, patient Grizel is finally driven insane by Tommy's heartless and thoughtless behaviour. Tommy is fond of posing as a martyr, but he is not of the stuff of which martyrs are made. In remorse, it is true, he marries Grizel, and by months of devotion and care he wins her back to sanity. But, although he acts the part of the perfect lover, he knows he does not really love, and he hugs the conviction that he is a very fine fellow to sacrifice himself in this noble fashion. Temptation crosses his path, and with hardly a struggle he falls. The temptation is baited with a lost MS., the one thing in life to which he is genuinely devoted, and he promptly throws good resolutions, self-respect, and every restraining influence to the winds. Happily a kindly, merciful providence interferes and cuts short his life. Once more his "little gods" save him by the desperate remedy of despatching him from this life. But from first to last it is Grizel upon whom the reader's eyes are fixed, and it is she who will live when the memory of Tommy, like the fame of his works, has perished. (Cassells). 6s.
THE PEOPLE OF CHINA.
THE only fault which might be found with Mr. Robertson-Scott's excellent little book, "The People of China" (Methuen), is that it contains too much information. It would be difficult to discover any book which is more closely packed with interesting and useful facts than is this. Mr. Robertson-Scott's book is divided into six divisions. First, he treats of the country and its vastness; following this come three chapters devoted to the " History of China." Four chapters deal with "The Chinaman," his government, education, characteristics and religions. Under the heading "The Foreign Devil," Mr. RobertsonScott writes on the Jesuits in China, the Opium Trade, British Sphere of Influence and the Outlook for foreign trade. 'The Future" of China is dealt with under the two heads of the Views of the Foreign Devil and the View of the Chinaman. An appendix contains a glossary, a "Who's Who" of prominent men connected with China, which will help the reader to place his facts with the greatest of ease.
Mr. Robertson-Scott's book is one which is to be strongly recommended to all those who wish to store their minds with the essential facts upon the Chinese question with the least expenditure of time and money.
BY ANTHONY HOPE.
IN its setting Mr. Anthony Hope's new romance "Quisanté" (Methuen, 6s.) is a political novel. It deals with political parties, Parliamentary debate and General Elections. But politics are merely the outer garments in which he clothes his characters. Wrappings of another fashion would have suited the subject almost as well. The story itself, apart from its surroundings, is a very clever analysis of the character of Alexander Quisanté and his influence upon those with whom his career brings him into contact. Quisanté is an extremely able man, possessed of execrable meanness, unlimited self-confidence and immense will power. He is an outsider, but his undoubted ability and splendid mental gifts enable him to obtain a commanding position in the party to which he has allied himself. His manners antagonise even his warmest admirers, but they are attracted by the great force of the man and his cleverness in turning apparent defeat into victory. He is always doing things the morality of which one cannot be quite certain about. Those who know Quisanté best are most fully alive to his manifold shortcomings, but despite their better judgment they follow his career with fascinated interest. What Mr. Hope calls Quisanté's "moments atone for many faults. At these times the man rises to a higher level and loses himself in his subject. At crises in his career his lowest and highest nature are called into play and the two are so inextricably mixed that both have to be accepted as part of the man. At one moment he wheedles an ignorant fool with flattery, at another he rouses keen honest men to fine enthusiasm ; now he seems to have no thought that is not selfish and mean; now imagination wraps him in a glow of heartfelt patriotism.
Quisanté half attracts and half repels all whom he works with. He gains a footing upon the political ladder by his influence over Dick Benyon and in society by his marriage with Lady May Gaston. May Gaston is not able to explain the fascination Quisanté has for her, all she knows is that the fascination exists. She does not love him and is not even proud of him, except when he has his "moments." Her married life is not a happy one, and yet she would not undo it if she could. She marries him hoping to be able to develop the best that is in him, but very quickly discovers that Quisanté must be taken for better and for worse. Mr. Hope has made the most of this opportunity of tracing the effect of Quisanté's character upon that of his wife May, who really only wanted a good place from which to look at Quisanté's career, but finds the position of wife too close for detached contemplation. Quisante's powerful character left its stamp upon his wife. Even after his death his influence remains all-powerful. Writing two years later to the man who loved her and whom she could have loved, May Quisanté says, in refusing his second offer of marriage :—
I write very sadly; for I didn't love him. And now I can love nobody. I shall never quite know what that means. Or is it possible that I loved him without knowing it, and hated him sometimes just because of that? I mean, felt so terribly the times when he was-well, what you know he was sometimes. I find no answer to that. It never was what I thought love meant, what they tell you it means. But if love can mean sinking yourself in another person, living in and through him, measuring him with your very life, then I did love him. At any rate, whatever it was, there it is.
I'm not very unhappy; I have a feeling that I have had a great share in something great, that without me he wouldn't have been what he was, that I gave as well as took, and brought my part into the common stock. We did odd things, he and I, in our partnership, things never to be told. My poor cheeks burn still, and you remember that I cried. But we did great things too, he and I, and at the end we were a little together in heart. It wouldn't have lasted? Perhaps not. As it was, it lasted long enough-till "it came," as he said—and he died asking me to tell him that he had spoken well. I'm glad he knew that I thought he had spoken well.
THE MEN OF THE MERCHANT SERVICE. MR. BULLEN's latest book on the sea and ships is one of the most useful that he has written. In "Men of the Merchant Service" (Smith, Elder, 7s. 6d.), he has compacted into a handy volume an immense amount of information which parents of boys who wish to go to sea will find invaluable. It is filled with practical hints and suggestions. To the general reader the chief merit of the book will be its clear and interesting account of what life on shipboard is actually like. The British public are astonishingly ignorant about the details of maritime affairs. Mr. Bullen's book should remove any legitimate excuse which exists for this ignorance. He describes the position and duties of every man on board ship, and succeeds in making each man stand out conspicuously from his fellows. Mr. Bullen, however, is not merely content with setting forth, in the easy style of which he is a master, the work and duties of each individual of the crew. Incidentally he takes occasion to point out many of the weak spots in our merchant service. One of these is the lack of discipline which prevails on board ships manned by English sailors. The British sailor on board a man-of-war is made to obey, and does so. On board a sailing vessel the discipline is not nearly so strict, and the obedience is much less general. This is one of the many reasons, Mr. Bullen believes, why the foreigner is replacing the Englishman in the merchant marine of this country. It is interesting to note that in this respect American crews compare favourably with English. The methods of the American officers, however, in asserting their authority hardly commend themselves for imitation. The American sailor is much harder worked than the British sailor, but, on the other hand, he is very much better fed. He is also, Mr. Bullen asserts, generally more intelligent and better educated. Although Mr. Bullen is not blind to the many drawbacks of our Mercantile Marine as it exists to-day, he is strongly of opinion that it offers a fine career for enterprising and adventurous youths. But he contends they should enter the profession with their eyes open and with a knowledge of what will be expected of them. Mr. Bullen solemnly warns us that unless the tendency to man and officer our vessels by foreigners is checked we shall heap up for ourselves an awful mountain of disaster. In painting the British seaman in his true colours, Mr. Bullen is bringing nearer that day to which he looks forward, when our sailors will be appreciated at their true worth, and—
when the British seaman shall no longer feel that he is completely isolated from the thoughts and sympathies of his countrymen, as if he were the inhabitant of another planet, and when the British man-o'-war's man, whether he be bluejacket or stoker, shall know of a truth that his friends at home realise what he is doing during his long absence from home: how he for their sakes, in order that the steady stream of ships from prolific lands far away shall never cease by day or by night through the years, keeps sleepless watch all round the world.
A GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS LITERATURE. CHRISTMAS books are early comers. Most of them are published two months at least before December 25th. In order to help my readers in their selection of giftbooks from the hundreds of volumes published for the Christmas season I have, as on previous occasions, compiled the following list of the most suitable books for presents.
BOOKS FOR THE BAIRNS.
The children's Christmas books are this year more sumptuous than ever. The beautifully illustrated volumes that are now prepared for the nursery leave nothing to be desired. No child could have a more delightful present than the two handsome books which Mr. Grant Richards has published this autumn-" Piccallili," by Edith Farmiloe, and "Four and Twenty Toilers," by Mr. Bedford and E. V. Lucas. They are illustrated with beautiful coloured pictures. Their getup could not be improved upon. "Piccallili" (6s.) is the catching title Edith Farmiloe has chosen for her children's Christmas book. It contains twenty-six short stories, each illustrated on the opposite page by admirable coloured sketches of the incidents described in the letterpress. A large number of the tales are characteristic scenes from Italian life; but some are taken from life in the East End.
"Four and Twenty Toilers" (6s.) is undoubtedly the most charmingly illustrated of all the Christmas books of the season. The colouring of the sketches is exquisite. The various toilers whose daily occupations are described cover a very wide range of labour. Mr. Lucas's verses are not as good as Mr. Bedford's pictures, but the little ones will not complain of either.
The Golliwogg has apparently come to stay. He is a somewhat unsightly addition to the inhabitants of the nursery, but he is certainly amusing. This year he and his companions tell of their adventurous expedition to the North Pole. More fortunate than their predecessors, they reach their destination after many perilous adventures and hairbreadth escapes. "The Golliwogg's Polar Adventures (Longmans, 6s.) is a good present for a child who can appreciate fun in picture and verse. The war has, of course, left its imprint upon Christmas literature. It has been responsible for the birth of " The Tremendous Twins " (G. Richards, 6s.), whose adventures promise to make them nursery favourites. The authors of The A.B.C. for Baby Patriots" are the parents of the Twins, whose wonderful achievements are described in verse and pictures. The Twins go to the war as Commanders-in-Chief, appoint "darling Bobs'" their Chief of Staff, and defeat the Boers. The illustrations are excellent and amusing.
'Rigmaroles and Nursery Rhymes " (Bousfield) is a collection of verses written for children by Alfred H. Miles. The volume is profusely illustrated with pictures by many of the best known artists of the day, and is sure to be appreciated by young people who enjoy pictures and rhymes.
"A Trip to Toyland," a picture story told by Henry Mayer, is a very clever book published just recently by Mr. Grant Richards (6s.). The many fullpage illustrations which it contains constitute the chief charm of the book, but the artist is clever with his pen as well as with pencil, and the story of the Dumpy Babe and his collection of toys is most quaintly told by Mr. Mayer. The pictures, however, are delightful. With bold and sweeping outlines the artist has told his story more effectively than in his letterpress, and being repro
duced in colours the drawings are doubly dear to the infant mind. How the Dumpy Babe and his toys fly off one fine night in search of Toyland, how they rested and picked daisies on the Milky Way, went for a ride on shooting stars, paid a flying visit to Saturn, rested again on sunbeams, and finally arrived in the Enchanted Land of Toys, is all described with immense ability.
The old nursery tales never grow old, and new editions of them are always welcome. Mr. J. A. Shepherd has illustrated afresh "A Frog he would a Wooing Go" and "Who Killed Cock Robin" (G. Richards, Is.). Many of the pictures are printed in colours and some of them are exceedingly cleverly drawn.
The old fairy tales, too, bear endless repetition. If there is a child of your acquaintance who delights in elves and dwarfs and fairies you can make him no more acceptable present than "The True Annals of FairyLand" (Dent, 6s.). Many of the tales are old favourites, but there are also some new ones amongst them. The volume makes a most handsome gift-book. It teems with dainty pictures from the pencil of Mr. Charles Robinson.
Mr. W. T. Forster has written a slim volume of "New Fables for Boys and Girls" (C. H. Kelly). Animal life supplies the material out of which the fables are constructed, and to each tale is attached a moral rendered conspicuous by the use of large type.
The annual volume of "Bubbles" (3s. 6d.) contains no fewer than 114 full-paged coloured illustrations, and there are plenty of short interesting articles on subjects of every description, ranging from natural history to the British Empire.
TALES FOR BOYS AND GIRLS.
Christmas books for boys and girls vary very little from year to year. Writers of Christmas literature keep to the old paths and rarely stray into bye-ways. Several new names are becoming favourites in the nursery, but in the playground the old writers are still the most popular. Mr. Louis Becke, however, is a new-comer. His "Tom Wallis " (R.T.S., 5s.) is a fine tale of adventure in the Southern seas. Mr. Becke only needs to draw upon his own life and experience in the islands of the Pacific for an unlimited supply of adventurous incidents and episodes. His book contains eleven illustrations by Lancelot Speed.
The popular writers of juvenile fiction have naturally and inevitably turned to the Transvaal War for subjects. Mr. Manville Fenn's tale of Briton and Boer, Charge!" (Chambers, 5s.), is a spirited story which will make a boy's blood tingle; Mr. Henty has selected Natal as the scene of his hero's trials and adventures. "With Buller in Natal; or, a Born Leader" (Blackie, 6s.) combines with Mr. Henty's usual deftness history and fiction. It is illustrated, of course, but the map is something of a
novelty. Mr. Henty alone ventures to include so useful but prosaic a thing in his volume of romantic adventures. Mr. William Johnston has also been attracted by the name of Buller, but he has chosen one of that General's earlier campaigns. The characters in "One of Buller's Horse" (T. Nelson, 3s. 6d.) see much of the fighting in the Zulu War, including the fatal battle of Isandhlwana and the heroic defence of Rorke's Drift.
Mr. Henty's two new historical romances deal with the wars in Flanders and Spain, and with the army of Garibaldi in its struggle for the liberation of Italy. "In the Irish Brigade" (Blackie, 6s.) is illustrated with twelve full-page pictures by Charles M. Sheldon. "Out with Garibaldi" (5s.) is the title of Mr. Henty's Italian tale.
The history of Austria is full of adventure of the most romantic description. It is, however, unexplored country so far as the writers of boys' stories are concerned. Mr. Herbert Haynes has at last turned his attention to the Dual Empire, and out of the events of the Hungarian insurrection has made a story of thrilling interest. "Red, White and Green" (Nelson, 5s.), despite the unfamiliar names of its characters, should be popular with boys who prefer to imbibe history with a flavour of fiction.
Mr. Andrew Home has written a school story the nature of which is sufficiently indicated by its title"The Story of a School Conspiracy" (Chambers, 3s. 6d.). Mr. Guy Boothby is a prolific writer. His latest story, Long Live the King "(Ward, Lock, 5s.), will no doubt be eagerly devoured and quickly forgotten. It is an excellent book for a wintry afternoon.
"Ye Mariners of England" (Nelson, 63.) is a book for a boy who is interested in the Navy. Mr. Haynes has endeavoured to form into a connected narrative the exploits of our sailors from the days of the Saxons to the Jubilee review at Spithead. He has described the men and the ships they fought in, as well as their deeds of daring. The volume is illustrated with sketches of typical ships and the portraits of famous mariners.
Miss Pollard has written an extremely interesting historical tale of the persecutions of the Spanish Inquisition in the Netherlands during the reign of Philip of Spain. "The Scarlet Judges" (Partridge, 63.) follows closely Motley's masterly work on "The Rise of the Dutch Republic." Her tale gives a graphic glimpse into the life of the period, and deals with all the famous characters and incidents of that troublous time.
Hans Andersen: An Edition de Luxe. THE Fairy Tales of Hans Andersen are the heritage of both rich and poor, but only the comparatively rich may be blessed with the superb edition just brought out in this country by Mr. Wm. Heinemann (2 vols., demy 4to, 20s. net). At the moment when we were correcting the proof-sheets for new translation of one of the most charming of all Hans Andersen's Stories-The Snow Queen-for our Penny Series of "Books for the Bairns" ---a modest edition which will be read by many thousands of children before Christmas-there came to hand an advance copy of this truly worthy edition of the Danish poet's immortal fairy tales. After "Robinson Crusoe," Hans Andersen is more popular among British bairns than any other books written for their amusement; and no better man than Mr. Brækstad could have been entrusted with the English translation. But apart from the faithfulness of the translation the great charm of this new edition will to most people lie in the superb illustrations, of which there are 240. For the first time Hans Andersen is properly illustrated, by one of his own countrymen, the greatest living Danish artist, and one who has succeeded in interpreting the true spirit and genius of the author. Hans Tegner, the artist in question, after fifteen years' labour has produced a series of drawings which are to be placed in the Danish National Museum, and which are reproduced in these two volumes by the most expensive and perfect process of woodengraving, and reproduced so well that the entertaining and fascinating charm of the pictures is enhanced rather than belittled, as is too often the case with the more modern and less costly form of photo-engraving. Mr. Edmund Gosse, who knew Hans Andersen in his later years, contributes a critical introduction to the work. As Mr. Gosse truly says: "Hans Andersen's laborious and beautiful life was the most enchanting of his fairy tales; it closed at last in honour and serenity"; and it is well that the approaching centenary of his birth should be commemorated by the issue of a monumental edition of his best work.
The Magazine of Art (Vol. 1900).
MANY questions of absorbing interest in the artistic world have occurred in the present year to give both charm and interest to the new volume of The Magazine of Art, and it is impossible to turn over the 580 pages of this most handsome publication without recognising that the magazine has played a very important part in that popularising of art of the highest and best type which has been so significant a feature of the year now drawing to a close. Here are nearly 800 choice engravings, to say nothing of all the special plates ("Rembrandt " photogravures, etc.), with which the volume is enriched. The list of literary contributors is no less distinguished than that of the artists, and it will be noted that the editor, Mr. Spielmann, has followed up his previous articles on the portraits of Tennyson, Browning, Gladstone and others, by one on the portraits of Chaucer. He has also a specially interesting paper on John Ruskin. Beautifully printed, and tastefully bound, this annual volume is one which naturally falls into the category for the comparatively more expensive but greatly-to-be-desired gift-books of the Christmas season. (Cassell, large 4to., 21s.)
IN the Young Woman for November Miss Isabel Brooke-Alder publishes an interview with Miss Ada Crossley, the well-known Australian contralto.
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