The House of Toys

by Henry Russell Miller

David, the main character of this novel, is a young architect who marries the pretty girl without brains and wakes up to find that in adversity she is less than nothing to him. Of course, another woman with brains appears and for a time there is danger of shipwreck all around, the story ending without a solution of the puzzle. There is some excellent work descriptive of the gradual awakening of a man who lives in a fool's paradise until he finds himself in just the opposite place. The character of the girl wife who wants luxuries and pretty clothes more than all else simply because her horizon is limited to such things, is nicely done. So also is that of the man who helps David to his feet when he slips, the inventor with the ugly face but a heart of gold.

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