Between Two Autumns

By Percy Marks
THE publishers call this novel ‘a psychological puzzle’ advisedly, for it is a study of the effect of an enigmatical temperament upon a household, including relatives, friends, and servants. Tom and Letty Steele, an estimable and likable couple, engage Charles Tinker Larme, or ‘ Tink,’ as a man of all work — a strange creature of almost unbelievable attainments, attractions, and abilities — and immediately he becomes indispensable. They are warned, however, by Tink himself, his sister, and others, that he is a dangerous person; for wherever he goes he brings misfortune. The way in which the warnings are fulfilled makes the story. This is really a study of the havoc that can be done by a highly intelligent and lovable person absolutely devoid of imagination, one totally unable ‘ to look before and after.’ Many a reader will object that no such person exists; but Mr. Marks, who has written a fantasy soberly disguised as a novel, might reply: ‘True. Tink is the distilled essence of a type, but the type is common enough. And perhaps most of the woes of society are due to the prevalence in its members of Tink’s disability.’
R. M. G.