A book whose qualities are such natural basic ones that it is elusive to define. It has sympathy, feeling, a very real sense of people to an unusual extent. The comparison of the hero, Rob, to Mark Sabre in If Winter Comes is very apt. And it is a book with a good potential market, provided you can help launch that most potent of promotion aids, word of mouth publicity. Rob is a likable character, gentle, generous to a fault, an easy mark according to his wife, trying to protect himself and his children against her perpetual resentments, her nagging, self pity. There are Rob's failures as his farm crops never quite realize his hopes; there is his wife's humiliation when their daughter marries because she has to, when their son takes up with a cheap waitress. There is Bessle, the tenant's wife, whom Rob protects, aids, beyond his means, and eventually falls in love with. Gradually, Rob's little world breaks up -- and he is left alone with Edith. Movingly told -- with warm human quality.