This is a collection of novelist Margaret Lane's ""personal excursions... in chosen company""--many of whom have attracted Miss Lane for a rather predictable affinity of tastes. The essays which represent a pleasant amalgam of biography and criticism vary from several on the Brontes or Mrs. Gaskell or the reclusive Beatrix Potter via her journals and her widowed husband. There's a piece on Flora Thompson who died in 1947 leaving one minor classic, Lark Rise (surely forgotten since?); on an extravagant eccentric Lord Ferrers; on W.H. Hudson's indigent last years in London rooming houses; and several on Dr. Johnson, his homes, his table where he was capable of gross gourmandise, his women. Literary marginalia--teacosy seredipidity for an older audience.