Miss Delafield -- so she was quoted in a recent interview -- started out to write a satiric novel of a modern business woman, and got trapped by her own character into writing a serious novel. Consequently, this book belongs with her earlier vein Jill and The Chip and the Block -- rather than with her Provincial Lady mood, with just enough of her mordant wit behind the picture of this mother-wife-careerist to add the spice of humor that it needs to relieve its grim intent. A good tale --with a central character that will prove to have a certain universality -- of a woman who is a martyr to her image of herself as impersonal, judicial, all accomplishing, -- and a background that shifts from a business office to a country home. Miss Delafield's visit to this country this past year has widened her market. This should be easy selling.