A sort of afterthought in the Clayhanger series in which we follow the career of Edwin Cannon - the young man assumes the surname of his natural father, an unfeeling thing to do in respect of Edwin senior who had been and still is devoted to Hilda's boy. The setting is London, Edwin makes his way there and becomes an architect of some renown. But WWI looms and overtakes him. Bennett is now a mature writer, very good at his craft, but some spirit has gone out of him, and this is reflected in the portrayal of the central character, and also in that of his first love, and of the woman he eventually marries. The chapters that deal with the war themes are brilliant.