Very old fashioned in theme and style -- a romance, long deferred because of a letter gone astray. Victorian ethics demand that the man and the girl hold to their unfortunate bargains, when the letter turns up -- and they go through most of life, martyred on the shrine of the conventions of their world. A note tells the reader that the story, while set in the Victorian period, is based on an actual circumstance of the last half of the 16th century. A book for your older readers -- ultra conservatives, primarily. Not paced to the modern market.