There is an audience for this sort of melodramatic novel. It is a feminine readership whose chief characteristic is a desire to read essentially the same story over and over again. Hence the proliferation of Mellyns and Maulevers that can even best sell. For this sort of novel there are basic ingredients and all are in evidence here: a governess meant for better things, a romantic ""master"" seldom around, sometimes (as in this case) an erratic child, and the eventual marriage of the poor but proud girl to her rich, well born employer. Before this occurs however, this plot with many an aged creak and groan (it even involves amnesia), churns up a fantastic array of villains and dark heroes. Some of these books are letter than others and a good many are better than this one.