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Idolatry. By Alice Perrin. (Chatto and Windus. 6s.)—Mrs. Perrin's Indian

stories are always interesting, and Idolatry is no exception to the rule. The scene is laid at a small station in the North-West of India, but the interest is purely European. Anna Crivener, the heroine, is an attractive creature, and her gradual change of heart from pure worldliness and selfishness is well described. The figure of Oliver Wray, the young missionary, is-

not quite so lifelike. Anne Crivener's mother and stepfather are also missionaries, and the picture of Anglo-Indian life seen from the point of view of the missionary household is interesting and original.