A strange story, with a little of the quality of Ethan Frome, but lacking the artistry thereof, portraying a household of brooding hatred and jealousy, deepseated inhibitions, and inarticulate love. Sara, at thirty-five, marries a boy much younger to evade sterile spinsterdom -- the bait, her cotton land, rich and beautiful. The depreciation of cotton makes her dowry an empty one, and mistrust and guilt separate them still further. What little contentment they eventually reach, through a child, is shattered by Sara's brother and arrogant sister-in-law, who resent her heritage -- the land. The loss of their child, and the husband's brief love for another girl, brings further torment to both until finally, all passion spent, they are reconciled. Not important, but engrossing in the reading.