The story of the Bullens -- who ""sticks together"" -- no matter how carpingly critical the rest of their small world. And particularly the story of Hannah, in whom the surge of life grew too much for her, but who had her own pride and happiness and courage and fortitude. A story of poverty and sordidness and a lively zest for life, that relieves the novel of too appalling a realism. The setting a Channel village beyond the marshes -- a tiny crowded street. The market, those who enjoy keen psychological studies of real personalities.