First Edition. Laune dustjacket art. Interesting character study of a woman dying of jaundice. "The impending death of John Hughes' wife summoned him to the home which he had left a year ago at his wife's request. In this period of waiting, he realizes many things, among them the fact that he has never loved his wife, had married her from a sense of gallantry when she stood up against the whole Carter family who thought John beneath her. He learns also that she has protected him during his absence from tales of an 'indiscretion'. Her death, however, reveals the true reason for their separation and John is grief-stricken and humbled by the realization of the depth of a love which could lift an ordinary, commonplace woman to heights of courage and self-sacrifice". Near Fine but for small 'drip' stain at fore-edge of pages, in Very Good dustjacket that retains publisher's bookmark at front flap, spine colors modestly faded, few tiny edge chips, small stain at top rear flap corner.