A rather interesting presentation of an older woman's conflict against modern forces. Selina Chantry at 60, a widow, finds herself alone. Her three children have gone to London, disregarding her. The mother gets involved in a spiritualist circle. There is keen satire of the various worlds, of settlement work in which the daughter indulges; in the movie world where the cartoonist son plays about; in other extremes of 20th century life. At the close, the daughter, deserted by her lover, returns to her mother -- and the flowering aloe, a century plant, blooms again, symbolizing new-found faith. Well done, rarely sentimental, acute in characterization, Solid reading -- quite English -- good bit of human interest.