Sentiment plus, and less robust than Valiant Was The Word for Carrie. This errs a bit on the side of whimsy, in the story of a very young man in publishing and how chance precipitated him into the household of a physicist gone somewhat nuts on the subject of the spirit world, to the neglect of his motherless child and the she-dragon ex-medium who serves as bodyguard and servant. It is a story of the pathetic struggles of adolescent love to grow up, and of how Fate brought a new element into the picture when the dream girl was on the verge of capturing the young man. Charming, whimsical, a bit Nathanish and studiedly free of embellishments. I did not like it so well as its predecessors, but it has many of the necessary ingredients for success.