Can a man marry a woman twenty years his senior--and be happy and remain true to the wife of his choice? This--and the Biblical quotation from the Song of Solomon: "Love is strong as death, jealousy is cruel as the grave; the coals thereof are coals of fire which hath a most vehement flame"--is the basis of Mrs. Deland's latest novel. This book by its sheer bigness of theme, will rank above even The Iron Woman and The Awakening of Helena Ritchie.
looked hard at her; caught her roughly in his arms, kissed her on her mouth, and walked out of the room.
The mere violence of it lifted her into the Great Adventure! When he commanded, "Be ready!" she, with a gasp, said, "Yes."
Well; they had gone to the mayor's office, and been married; then they had got on a car and ridden through Mercer's dingy outskirts to the end of the route in Medfield, where, beyond suburban uglinesses, there were glimpses of green fields.
Once as the car rushed along, screeching around curves and banging over switches, Eleanor said, "I've come out here four times a week for four years, to Fern Hill."
And Maurice said: "Well, that's over! No more school-teaching for you!"
She smiled, then sighed. "I'll miss my little people," she said.
But except for that they were silent. When they left the car, he led the way across a meadow to the bank of the river; there they sat down under the locust, and he kissed her, quietly; then, for a whil