The Truth and the Vacuum

Rainer, Dachine
February 1955
New Republic;2/14/55, Vol. 132 Issue 7, p17
The article evaluates the novel "The Simple Truth," by Elizabeth Hardwick. The novel has two characters, a graduate student and a professor's wife, both of whom are dissatisfied with their lives. Both of them witness a trial of a boy who is driven to kill his beloved by her parents' opposition to their relationship. The graduate student sees the trial as an example of flagrant class injustice. The professor's wife believes that the jury cannot perceive the sensitive approach. Both characters are disconcerted when the boy is acquitted.


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