5 JUNE 1897, Page 25

Benjamin's Sack. By Meta C. Scott. (Ward, Lock, and Bowden.)

—We cannot help feeling that this story is constructed on wrong principles. The author seems to have asked herself,—How can I picture a man enduring the greatest possible amount of self- sacrifice ? To be patient under a false charge for the love of another seems a strong situation; everything must be made to heighten the effect. The man's nature must be utterly averse to the wrongdoing ; his position in life must make the disgrace peculiarly painful ; he must endure this disgrace before the eyes of one with whom he particularly desires to stand well. Thus the sensation is piled up. But meanwhile we have got a long way from all the probabilities of life. The situation should be most pathetic, but in view of the manifest impossibilities we refuse to be affected.