A companion to the first volume (see p. 591, 1962) of Collected Stories offers thirty-eight stories, twelve published for the first time. Again the inflection is reflective, the accent on the moment of recognition in human relationships. The author appears to have a penchant for old houses, cats, the relations between the very young and the very old, but there are many stories of men and women, and the impulse of murder has its intrigue for him. The spectrum of love (protective, passionate) and hate (determinedly, indifferently violent) is here. The whole, while proficient, has a certain stillness about it; its appeal for the reader of modern fiction is difficult to isolate.