SERPENT'S TOOTH by Marthedith Furnas


Email this review


An excessive exploration into the roots and influences conditioning the maturation of Virginia Lacey, and her brother Benny. Jealous of the attention given him, isolated from normal childhood activities because of their health, Virginia is early perceptive of the strains and stresses of her parents' marriage, resenting her mother's unfair means of getting her way, her father's peculiarities and ineffectual achievements. The widening circles of her mind embrace rebellion as her only defence, and this is her process of deracination through all the years of her mother's manoeuvers, her father's weakness. Escaped to New York, Paris, a wealthy marriage, children, and a book of poetry, she is brought home by the depression and forced by her father's final gesture of failure to accept her mother as her inescapable charge, and Virginia comes the full circle without losing her beliefs in the world she has made. The vortex of ancestral inheritance crystallized in the personal climate of one girl's soul, this is an overlong, but impressive developmental documentary.

Pub Date: Feb. 27th, 1945
Publisher: Harper