.... or too many illusions, for this story of three girls, clerks in a London bank during the war, and the divergence of their lives. It is Helen who first escapes from the boredom, the vigilance, the too feminine solidarity of the Bank as she becomes the mistress of Egon- a Hungarian photographer, later takes up with Charles, pursues success and successful people. While Laura, the nicest of the three, marries Max, leads with him an often uneventful life in the country, is sometimes questioning, sometimes restless. And Fiona, sullen, solitary, stays with the Bank through the war years, has few friends and no lovers, finally leaves for America... The dimming of bright, young hopes by reality, this makes few compromises and is consequently more limited in its appeal to women.