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of the day. The modern novel is, as we said above, the natural outcome of modern life. There will be no general betterment until there is a larger class whose life is not so strenuous as the ordinary life of to-day.
It is largely dependent on college men to encourage good literature. It behooves us then to arrange our time in the future, with some aim toward the reading of good books, that the class of people who are to make literature better may be increased. Reading a trashy novel is like taking a warm shower-bath when you know it isn't going to do you any good, but you haven't the nerve to turn on the cold. If we haven't the nerve for continued cold showers, let's remember they are better for us and take one once in a while.
The Idlers. By Morley Roberts. L. C. Page & Co.
Jack Bexley, only son of an English country gentleman, is petted and fondled and kept from all evil influences by his mother until he is twenty. Then he goes to the devil most innocently, reforms and marries the sweetheart of his youth. The plot is simple enough.
The characters have some life and individuality to them; Bexley's father is probably the best, clearest and most original, but the younger Bexley and his fiancée are fairly well done.
The immorality depicted impresses one as loathsome and disgusting, whereas the heroine is attractively pure. She is not ignorantly pure. She knows all about Bexley but loves him in despite of what he has done, seeing the natural manliness and purity that is in him. The general impression of the book is invigorating and clean.
The Castlecourt Diamond Case. By Geraldine Bonner. Funk & Wagnalls Co.
This is not a detective story, although so advertised. It is a robbery story with a detective. It is dull and valueless.
We wish to acknowledge the receipt of the following in addition to those reviewed above:
The Chicago University Press.
A Decade of Civil Development.
G. P. Putnam's Sons.
The Development of the European Nations, Vol. II.
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