At a time when people are groping for some sense of the infinite, this story of a woman's life, and of how -- in spite of years when she lost the light -- she was able ultimately to grasp it again, should have a message for readers. Realistically, Susan Glaspell has traced the threads of Norma's changing focus; from the youthful aspirations, as she went out from the inspired teacher in a jerk water college, to the stultifying actualities of poverty, loss of ideals and faith as the man she loved proved to be a cheat and liar, and died, leaving her penniless. The ""vision"" was lost, and then Rosie came to her, for help -- and went away sorrowing. And her son had to be redeemed from a jail sentence with her one last treasure. And she turned her back on the down-at-heal boarding house -- and sought to find her youth in the city of Chicago. She meets Austin again, go-getter of the old college group. She meets Emil, who has held to the ideal --even as he scoffed; but who almost destroys the new hope in her heart. And at the end, though rather gropingly, Norma Ashe reaches out once more, beyond the trammels of the world. A story with a message; but somehow, the message bags down a bit.