The author of last year's spare to sordid Double Image with a second novel which- if more subdued in treatment- is equally unhappy in its outcome, makes no concession to the inevitable, the irreconcilable in human relationships. This is the story of Clark Fuller, a teacher at St. Ives, a traditional boys' school in the south,- Clark who is by nature conscientious, indecisive, vulnerable and unable to secure the few things in life he had wanted. Falling in love with Christine Warrington, of moneyed and social position, Clark marries her in spite of the disparity of their milieus, the worldly warnings of her mother, Christine's emotional evasiveness. Once married, he finds that she is resentful, remote, that their lives separate- eventually with finality... The characters here, as they create irresolution and impasse, are delicately executed- generate the tension and the tragedy of the story. For a limited audience, however.