THE TRAP by Jenifer Beckett


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Once you sidestep the initial convention as Miss Beckett does, gracefully (i.e., Sue Garnett comes down to one of those stately homes to tutor a ""delicate"" or difficult ten-year-old), you're into a pleasantly uncategorical story where nothing is as it seems. Lady Southwood, serenely oblivious to the needs of her husband and three children, is opening the house to money-raising teas and tours; she has also made her cottages available to two outsider-misfits (a Hungarian professor and an artist-botanist), both as psychologically shaky as Sue's charge Arthur, who is only too willing to learn, were there only some books. And then there's the successful writer anxious to appropriate Southwood's progenitress-poetess as a book property. The author personalizes her characters without romanticizing them and she writes an agreeable modern prose to give you a sense of identification rather than headsore familiarity.

Pub Date: Oct. 8th, 1975
Publisher: St. Martin's