THE SAINT GAME by Cicely Louise Evans


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This is a cheerful cherub of a book which you can't classify as anything but ingratiating entertainment. Esther and Annesley, two youngsters who lived a little while ago, long enough to acquire a meager knowledge of the facts of life to which they lend their enterprising imaginations, discover the Saint Game--namely reading from an old Saint Book on rainy days or in time of need. It's not useful at all when they try to appeal to their Uncle Walker's better nature--he doesn't believe in sin and can be observed under more than one kind of influence. But it does seem applicable when they discover St. Zita, the saint of maidservants, after their own Anne Marie is said to be a little ""mad."" The true nature of her difficulty may be inferred later when Doff, their older sister is raped (how is rape accomplished--with what Uncle Walter calls ""a spout""?), supposedly by a tramp, actually by someone parlously close to the household who buys Doff's silence with the threat of death. A diversion you can happily countenance for old and young, ancient and modern. . . . Benisons.

Pub Date: Aug. 22nd, 1975
Publisher: Doubleday