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the experience of the characters and the reader’s response. 
To the admirers of Mr. Tomlinson both the hiatus and the
lack of response will be promptly allocated to the reviewer’s
mind instead. 

M. Paul Géraldy’s “Si tu m’aimais, si je t’aimais, comme
je t’aimerais!” has become in Mr. Bullett’s words, “‘My
life is over’ said Garth, but he said it to himself.” The 
lovers in “The Panther,” like the lovers in “Toi et Moi,”
alternately seek the substance behind illusion and turn to illusion 
as a refuge from emotion. In the Englishman’s 
work, perhaps, illusion has become the actor seeking out 
human beings, animating them, leading them on to ecstasy
and suffering, and suddenly withdrawing from them to leave
them without joy or understanding. It depends upon the 
intrinsic qualities of each character as to what qualities illusion 
reveals. Mr. Bullett has held the resulting dualism
in finely balanced scales. Never does a character in “The
Panther” rise above its own qualities and never does it succeed 
in descending into the depths of suffering from which 
it can draw no experience.

The main characters in “The Panther” are four—one
married couple and one companionate couple. To these
may be added the one significant character, Tony, aged
five, illusion’s darling, the talented child, who dies while his
elders are nursing their wounded amours propres or courting 
the return of illusion. In addition to the four adventurers 
in emotion are two women who have left the enigmas
of love to be solved by youth, while they have solved their
own problems in the following manner: The one, whose
son has been killed in France, has by a mental trick reduced
life to stale splendour; the other, through a dogged acceptance 
of things as they are, lives it as a “profound platitude.”

Mr. Bullett uses the prose of a lyric poet filled with starry
bloom. There are passages of sheer delight across fields of
enchantment, along moonlit roads, by the twilit sea, that
reveal the deathless quality of man’s spiritual quest, deathless.