Summary (Masterplots, Fourth Edition)
After his divorce from his wife, Blanche, Judge Cass Timberlane continues to meet his old friends socially and to hold court in his usual honest and effective manner. It is not until Jinny Marshland appears in his court as witness in a routine case, however, that Cass once more begins to find his life interesting. Cass is forty-one years old and Jinny in her early twenties, so he tells himself that he is foolish to think of her in a romantic manner. In spite of his logical reasoning, Cass thinks more and more about Jinny. Within a few days of their first meeting, he arranges to see her again. Dignified Judge Cass Timberlane is falling in love.
He has no smooth romantic style. His friends think him stupid to become involved with a young woman of the working class. It seems strange to Cass that his friends would dare to criticize anyone. For example, there is Dr. Roy Drover, who openly makes love to any and every cheap woman he can, without bothering to conceal his infidelities from his wife. In the same class are Boone and Queenie Havock, both loud, brassy, and vulgar; Jay Laverick, a rich, lustful drunkard; and Bradd Criley, notorious for his affairs with the wives of his best friends.
Cass’s friends are not the only ones opposed to the affair. Jinny’s young radical friends think Cass a stuffy conservative. The only two people who are sympathetic with Cass are Chris Grau, who also wants to marry him, and Mrs. Higbee, his housekeeper....
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