Typical Wells -- but unfortunately so obviously a repeat on previously mouthed theories, arguments and solutions that it offers little new or stimulating. The book adds up to a series of Wellsian soliloquies covering sex, Christianity, education, world ills, and a plan for world union. The ""babes"" of the titles are two thinking, modern youngsters who defy their families and conventions by going off together for a week in the country. When James is disowned by his wrathful relatives, he goes to Russia, is trapped in the Balkans by the war, sees all sorts of atrocities and goes to pieces mentally and physically. It takes months of therapy to bring him back to normal -- and to Stella. Characteristically discursive.