ByDorothy Baker
THIS novel is an objective, clinical study of an unholy triangle. It is the story of women in love — with each other — and of the man who tries to break them apart. It is the tale of an unscrupulous but bewitching university professor of French and her malignant hold on one of her students. There are few characters and fewer incidents, but each episode is set vibrating with the overtones and connotations of apparently insignificant detail raised to significance; a cat prowls symbolically through the story; conversation proceeds by detours; the whole is permeated with hints and a sense of snail-like sensitivity; the unspoken word is as important as the spoken. The story is familiar and unpleasant; the treatment here is skillful.