PROUD ANGELS by Virginia Peckham


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A conglomerate which moves from labor issues to religious problems concentrates on the character of a woman possessed of devils, Angela Medicini. Angela, whose mother was diseased with hate after the death of her first-born, whose father died with a curse, whose brother was her dearest familiar, used her power for evil under the cloak of goodness, was the firebrand that aroused the workers in a clock factory near Boston, was the symbol of torture for Joe, who could not stop loving her. Calculatingly shifting sides, giving Joe no rest from the frustrations of their unfulfilled marriage, she is attacked by her fellow workers, bears her son alone in the hospital, and is pursued by Father Guerard in his attempts to loose her from the devil. Defeated by the monstrosity of her manifestations, he is forced to let her go -- but the son, of so called virgin birth, is kidnapped by his now nearly mad grandmother. An interesting, diagnostic account of demoniac inhabitation, this is occasionally over-written, often strikingly deep in its knowledge, and effective in its harsh melodrama.

Pub Date: Oct. 19th, 1949
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce