THE SECOND MRS. WU by Agnes Sanford

THE SECOND MRS. WU

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KIRKUS REVIEW

John MacLean a missionary in China, looks upon the Chinese as ""mistaken in their religion"" but he is wise enough to recognize that sometimes one must temporize. Still he has a really difficult problem in Mr. Wu and his two wives who are baptized in the ""Jesus Church,"" by an ordained convert. One of them should be sent home to her father. John also has his own temporary temptation-- the helpless, appealing Valerie (married to a truculent type) is quite a contrast to his own capable Abigail, and, in the words of Mr. Wu ""if a man has not enough happiness in his own wife, his eyes are able to look upon another woman."" Look is all John does, and Mr. Wu solves his own problem admirably-- he keeps one wife and one maidservant.... Mrs. Sanford's own background footnotes a small story which conservatives will like for its opalescent sentiment and serenity.

Pub Date: April 30th, 1965
Publisher: Lippincott