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The only protection of the community is that England has elected to take the case with laughter. In a burlesque dramatization of Uncle Tom's Cabin that is running here just now, Gracie Fields, the comedian who plays Topsy, has altered that patch of dialogue where she professes ignorance of her father and mother and specks she growed. Simply she lifts the confusion onto another plane by naming as her sole progenitor Radclyffe Hall; and the house rocks. Odd the queer things with which Harriet Beecher Stowe gets herself involved: the Civil War, the Byron controversy, The Well of Loneliness.
They can be found at home any morning, three maiden ladies of seventy, seventy-one, seventy-two summers, one practising the harp, one copying on the pastel pages of an album a steel engraving of greyhounds, the third writing in an exercise book a translation of I Promessi Sposi in a fine Italian hand. They are so glad to see one, which is no compliment, for they would be glad to see anyone. They know nobody. They have never known anybody. Yet they have obviously plenty of money, they have been beautiful, they are not fools, they have pretty manners.
The personal manner in which they are written must not be regarded as a sign of undue egotism on my part, but as a result of the agreement between myself and the editor that this was the most useful form they could take at the time; and their episodic nature is due to that cause also. REBECCA WEST CONTENTS RESCUED FROM EXCESS 1 CONCERNING THE CENSORSHIP 6 ANOTHER KIND OF CENSORSHIP 13 MANIBUS DATE LILIA PLENIS 16 THE HARDY FLEUR-DE-LIS 23 AND AGAIN . . 30 THE DEAD HAND 33 FEMINIST REVOLT, OLD AND NEW 41 JOURNEY'S END 45 THE DUTCH EXHIBITION 52 RAVEL 57 TOLLER 59 NOTES ON THE EFFECT OF WOMEN WRITERS ON MR.