Powys comes closer to touching the mainspring of ""the average man"" and his interests in this than in anything else he has done. In his analysis of the basis of happiness, and the forces working against it, he makes the application of his theories to universal human problems, particularly in the two chapters on Woman with Man and Man with Woman, where he is definite and concrete in his suggestions for working out a constructive ground for mutual happiness, after the edge of first love has worn thin. His thesis, throughout, is this: the secret of happiness is found in ourselves, and everyone, given the technique, can find the way to it. He attempts to teach that technique. A book to sell to those who want ""self-help"" literature, in the upper intellectual brackets.