This novel, by a new writer, is really an important contribution to literature, and we hope that it will meet with some of the attention it deserves. Lord Salisbury wrote, in 1875: 'Power has passed from the hands of statesmen, but I should be very much puzzled to say into whose hands it has passed. It is all pure drifting. As we go down the stream, we can occasionally fend off a collision, bllt where are we going?' It is into the hands of the persons that Mr. D. H. Lawrence describes that the power, passing from the hands of statesmen, has descended, and because Mr. Lawrence shadows the lives and aspirations of these people with such remarkable vividness The White Peacock, in our eyes, seems such an important work.