This is in the tradition of The Good Companions -- but it misses fire. Where it should be first rate comedy, it slips over the line into farce; where it should be pathos, the characters are not quite sympathetic enough to touch below the surface. And yet, superficially, it has all the ingredients, in the story of an oddly paired couple, a distrait, impractical scholar, without the right sort of passport, and an out-of-work vaudeville actor, who has become involved in a suspicious incident and has run out from under. Their adventures, and misadventures, and the culminating incident in which they do their share towards waking up a stodgy town, is entertaining in its inception, and might be so in its development if the pace were not slowed down by the long-drawn-out speeches of the old professor. However, Priestley's name is good for substantial sales, and this -- for The Good Companion market -- is a more saleable book than some of those intervening.