From early English costume dramas (To the Castle, etc.) the author goes to a much less romantic time- old age- and place, Minneapolis, where three octogenarians look backward and also view their current problem,- a granddaughter who has come for Christmas with her young husband, presumably looking for a substantial gift-their money. The old folks, two sisters and a brother, spend most of this book in ruminative, retrospective recall all of which is agreeable and appropriate. For the very old, time does indeed stand still; the action here is almost motionless until the very close when the young people, after a final spat, suddenly and unexpectedly take their lives (one suicide- one murder). No one can quarrel with Miss Malm's intent or its achievement; but the story, inevitably, dawdles and drowses and drops off now and then, and there is that built-in deadfall- of keeping in character but losing the reader.