Five stories by the noted critic, two of which--the title story and "The Other Margaret"--have been widely anthologized since their first appearance in Partisan Review in the mid-Forties. A third is a fairly well-known story that first appeared in Harper's Bazaar in 1945: "The Lesson and the Secret." And the remaining two--"Impediments" and "Notes on a Departure"--appeared in The Menorah Journal in the Twenties, one when Trilling was only 21, the other four years later. Both are set--as are two of the other three--on a college campus. The only known short Trilling fiction, brought together in book form for the first time.