The Humbler Creation

Pamela Hansford Johnson

01 March 2012
338 pages


Maurice Fisher is a London parish priest in an unfashionable quarter of Kensington. He has a wife whose frigid vanity, shirking of any household or parish duties, and despairing egotism is shrouded—like her beauty—in such pathetic and frightful self-deception that to love her at all becomes one of her husband’s greatest private struggles.

Into this desert of duty and self-control, where his external life is a dogged shambles, his inner life dissolving through lack of joy, arrives somebody who awakens him to all—or a great deal—that he has been missing.