This material was published in France some thirty years ago, and when one realizes that, the handling of the subject seems singularly modern and -- for those days and France -- daring. Translated now (by Warre Bradley Wells) and presented to the American public, its interest is twofold:- first, probably, interest in the man himself, now leader of his nation and people; second, a reasoned, sane presentation of a point of view accepted by many in cosmopolitan districts but still ""advanced"" in the so-called provinces. For what he advocates, and supports by following through every avenue, is postponement of marriage until the zest for adventure and the naturally polygamous instincts in both men and women have had an opportunity to work themselves out of the system. Then, and then only, he feels is the marriage gamble a fairly safe gamble. He discusses the subject from the angle of the unmarried and the married, from parents and parents in law, from children, from society generally. One senses his youth in the fact that most of his illustrations are drawn from literature, rather than life. But -- none the less -- it is interesting reading and a definite contribution to the subject.