Mrs. Vermes here attempts to put a bright face on the plight of the suburban Polly by the fires, and succeeds fairly well. No mere moper and scaler of fish is she, but the happy outdoor stalwart's firm defender. Pointing out the advantages to countryside and nation of the institution of fish and animal pursuit (hunters tend to be conservationists), the author holds a womanly brief for the invigorating effects of field and stream upon the manly ego. While this may be open to question (there are several womanly hearts which quail at the sight of a slaughtered deer dragged guiltily homewards), no one would find fault with her enthusiasm for sharing the hunter's world in outlining equipment, sharing a basic vocabulary and recommending books on the outdoors. Although most women do not care to join the hunter, Mrs. Vermes discusses the possibility and then suggests pastimes for them as don't. There is nothing startling or new for the hunter or fisherman here, but this would make a fine gift for the wife who would like to know what the fuss is all about.