Variations on the life of Evalina which provide more than a little curiosity as they project four phases of experience. First as the wife of Herbert Calverley and mother of three children, Evalina leads a life which is cushioned and insulated with comfort but one which reflects the dull convention of Herbert's world and temperament. Secondly, as she marries Paul, who had wanted to write poetry but had become a schoolmaster, the threat of failure they face but the compensation of their love for each other. Third as the wife of Austen Sandys, a professor of dry scholarship who leaves her to regret that she had not married Paul, provokes her inclination toward another man. And lastly- briefly- had she not married at all.... Feminine fiction, which as it gives play to the fanciful, also provides substantial sentimental interest.