25 JANUARY 1896, Page 11

The Little Huguenot. By Max Pemberton. (Cassell and Co.)— We

are naturally reminded by Mr. Max Pemberton's theme of the masterly sketches of Mr. Stanley Weyman. But he has nothing like the delicacy of touch which makes Mr. Weyman's sketches so effective. The mysterious monk of the forest is a very melodramatic personage, the hermit not of real life, but of stage convention. The soldier is better done, but his conversion to sobriety and decency under the influence of love is very sudden. As for the " Little Huguenot " herself, her passion for a some- what disreputable soldier has the suddenness of a Juliet's. Mr. Pemberton has done better in other lines, and would do well to keep to them.