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An elderly music teacher plays cupid as several love affairs play out around him.

MR. PEMBAUER is an elderly music teacher who abandoned his dreams of fame and glory long ago for a simpler life. One of his clients is MISS GROGARTY, a well-known, beautiful stage actress, who realizes her youthful days in the spotlight are numbered. She is having a love affair with the wealthy industrialist MR. HEAVENSTREET and longs to be supported. Mr. Heavenstreet’s wife secretly shares the desire for her husband’s affections, but he is unaware of her longings. MRS. HEAVENSTREET masks her feelings behind a facade of an outspoken social activism. Mr. Pembauer observes another romance as MRS. CONNOR, Miss Grogarty’s housekeeper, becomes smitten with MR. GAMBRINO, the proprietor of a carousel in the park. But does he love her, or does he just want her life savings? In his masterful style, Robert Nathan examines the universal longing to find fulfillment through love.

“There is the delicate, pervasive satire, which seems to come, not from savage indignation like most satire, but from a mind so just that it necessarily sees the ridiculous for what it is. There is also a gentle melancholy running through the book, in spite of, or rather because of, the humor; for everything that makes vulgar laugh cannot but make the judicious grieve.”

Basil Davenport
Saturday Review of Literature