Virginia Fly is a very different kind of Maiden (British for one thing) whom the world has passed by -- a teacher of thirty, her mouth drawn almost as tight as her hair which is pulled back, living with her parents and leading an emotionally famished existence. It consists of writing to Charlie in America for twelve years, or a monthly concert with a professor, Hans. Until actuality overtakes her in the form of a wincingly distasteful seduction by Charlie, who turns up, and the meeting with a salesman who stirs her desires and with whom she spends a rudely interrupted night. Which leaves her to Hans and an offer of marriage and her only too clear sense of doom (Virginia Fly is drowning) as she follows St. Paul's misguided dictum that it is better to marry than to bum since surely, as she goes to the altar, all hopes and dreams have been foreclosed. A most ingratiating book -- Miss Huth's touch is so very tree that surely you know Virginia Fly -- surely you'll want to.