GIVING A STORY A REST.
, A line from ' "The Merchant of Venice," "The twentieth part of one poor scruple," suggested the title of Mrs Wilfrid Ward's first novel, ! 'One Poor Scruple." The writer, so well known for her fastidiousness of ..style, was occupied for seven years at intervals over the book.
In .her own words, Mrs Ward says: "I have never known interruption or delay to injure a book. Many novelists find it necessary to go straight on without any long intervals in their work. But I have always experienced the value of the advice of my old friend Mr Hamilton Aide: ' When you have got your story fairly on its way, put it in a drawer and give it a rest.' I must stand well away from the easel before I can judge of the effect of the •picture. "I sent 'One Poor Scruple' to Messrs Longmans, and shall never forget the disappointment of having it sent back to me. However, the next post brought consolation. I received a note' to let them have the M.S. of my novel returned at once: it had been sent back to me by mistake.
'•After that , I received excellent terms for a first venture. "When printed it was longer than I expected, and reached to 384 pages. It concluded with a postscript which I have hiever liked, .but which was added in deference, to advice. The postscript finishes all the characters off neatly and gives a sketchy notion of the rest of their lives, leaving nothing whatever to the imagination of the readers.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8794, 14 February 1914
GIVING A STORY A REST. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8794, 14 February 1914
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