A sour, satirical scrutiny of the girls they left behind them as Emily Brain, mother of two and stepmother of one in the service, and her daughter-in-law, are alternately subjected to censure and caricature. Emily Brain at 57 controls her sons -- in a nice way --is confided in by their wives, whether she likes it or not. There is Suzan, dutiful, dull and self-righteous, particularly indignant over Henriette, her husband's mistress, also on intimate terms with Emily. There is Terry, married to trite and traditionalistic Raven --and justifiably bored. There is Valerie, three day bride of the youngest, Vince, Valerie who is Southern, shallow and easily seduced. Action is concentrated on days of reunion -- and disunion -- among the ladies, with nothing resolved even though Vince is wounded, Henrietta is killed and Valerie bigamously remarried. Often apt and acute, this is also distasteful and quite dull.