23 JUNE 1888, Page 27

Our Sentimental Journey through France and Italy. By Joseph and

Elizabeth Robins Pennell. (Longmans.)—We see nothing about Italy in this volume. It begins at Calais, and ends abruptly not very far from Vienna, with, we suppose, the catastrophe of a broken tricycle. The tale which Mrs. Pennell tells is entertaining, and the sketches with which Mr. Pennell illustrates this tale are pretty. And if the reader wants a moral, he may have it in the -conclusion, which, whether intended or not by the authors, the present writer certainly drew from their story,—Do not go on a tricycling expedition in France. The enjoyable times seem to have been few and far between ; and the amount of civility -displayed to the travellers was, to say the least, not remarkable.