THE STONE OF CHASTITY by Margery Sharp

THE STONE OF CHASTITY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Marjorie Sharp still stepping downward, with a jejune little piece, whimsy and drollery half and half, mostly half. The novel is one of those ideas with potentialities, but it wears quite thin. It concerns the Pounces as they summer in the small village of Gillenham, where Professor Pounce decides to do a piece or research on the stone of chastity located in a brook there. The stone reveals the virtue, or lack of virtue, of any woman who steps on it. The town becomes incensed when the Professor reveals his intention ""not only to kiss and tell, but seduce and publish"". The presence of Carmen, a model who poses in the nude and seduces a townsman, doesn't help much but it all comes out nicely proving that ""honni soit qui mal y pense"". In Marjorie Sharp's gently humorous, leisurely manner, with a nice touch here and there -- but altogether pretty scant.

Pub Date: Oct. 3rd, 1940
Publisher: Little, Brown