A story of contrasts--the story of one girl whose gorgeousness is all on the outside, plainly visible; and another, whose beauty and fineness are hidden within.
ed herself in an easy-chair while Steve rehearsed the things to be attended to the following day since he was not to be at the office.
"I'm getting Miss Faithful ready to run the shop single-handed," he explained, telling Mary details which she already knew better than he but to which she listened patiently, her twilight eyes glancing now at Beatrice and back again at Steve.
Outside the hum of commerce played the proper accompaniment to Steve O'Valley's orders and Mary's thoughts and Beatrice's actions--a jangling yet accurate rhythm of typewriters and adding machines and office chatter, pencil sharpeners, windows being opened, shades adjusted, wastebaskets dragged into position, boys demanding their telegrams or delivering the same, phone bells ringing, voices asking for Mr. O'Valley and being told that he was not in, other voices asking for Miss Faithful and being told she was not at liberty just now--would they be seated? Trudy's giggle rose above the hum at odd intervals, elevators crept up
Businessman Steve O'Valley has done little with his life except make a fast fortune, solely so he could marry his Gorgeous Girl, the beautiful, spoiled daughter of his employer, another self-made man. Yet in less than a year, Steve and his shallow, selfish wife are at odds, and he is finding himself drawn more and more to his dedicated secretary, Mary Faithful. As her name hints, the principals of this novel are rather two-dimensional, but one of the supporting characters, the social climbing Trudy Burrows, offers more interest and complexity. The story moves along fairly well, despite long, preachy commentaries from the ever-proper Mary, but it drags toward the inevitable end.
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