Originally reported in 1944, this was recalled by the publishers, substantially altered in setting, nomenclature, and occasional incident. It is still, however, an inside story of women (and for them), heavy with mutual sympathy and solidarity as they work together for a small press, now inaugurating a literary quarterly. Sheilah, Peggy, Margaret, Constance, and the narrator all find in Beth- their newest and youngest member-their means for vicarious living, hoping. All are aware of their age, their failures. Peggy is tied to her father and a long-term fiance; Margaret's Ralph only comes on occasional weekends; Constance has no man. It is Beth whose chances are future- not past- who falls in love with their new editor, Russ, who asks his wife for a divorce to marry Beth but leaves for service overseas until that can be accomplished. Here are the hopes of writing (but not doing it); of marrying (but not accomplishing it); of freedom as women in business (but not attaining equal status). A confessional, often tremulous, but femininely recognizable and rentable.