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Eunice. By Mrs. Julius Pollock. 8 vols. (Tinsley Brothers.)—The author,

quoting Juvenal, tolls us on her title-page that it is difficult not to write satire. Perhaps, on the whole, the satirical part of her novel is the better. The sketch of the cool, insouciant young aristocrat, Lord Errington, is certainly good ; but on the other hand, Mr. Pyke, the snobbish financier, is very indifferently done. Wo wore at first in- clined to think that the love-story from which the book gets its name was going to bo good. Good it is in its earlier part, but Mrs. Pollock spoils it in the most unnecessary way. Sho thought it necessary, we presume, to make some use of the villainous uncle, who is introduced as one of the dramatis persona in the first scene, and accordingly, she em- ploys him to make the unfortunate heroine miserable. This, wo take it, is a great mistake. Mrs. Pollock's readers would have been far bettor pleased, and far more ready to forgive any defect in the artistic con- struction of the story, if he had been never heard of again. By the way,

would such a very correct and fashionable young exquisite as Lord Errington commit the solecism of saying, " Brava! brava !" when he wishes to applaud a young gentleman's singing ?