11 OCTOBER 1913, Page 26

The Plain Man and His Wife. By Arnold Bennett.. (Hodder

and Stoughton. 2s. 6d. net.)—It is a little difficult to understand why Mr. Bennett thinks it worth while to- publish these uninspiring though well-intentioned little sermons. There are four of them, dealing in turn with the for an ideal in life, the value of hobbies, the advantages and disadvantages of insuring against the risks of life, and, the importance of imagination in the relations between: husband and wife. The morals are excellent, but the treat- ment shows none of the psychological insight that might be expected from the author of "Clayhanger."