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ID
b307
Title
"How Vainly Men Themselves Amaze."
Genre
Story
Page Count
29
Word Count
6400
Publisher
Woman's Own
Publication Year
1966
Topics
Love Triangle

An eighteen-year-old on holiday with his parents is both plaything of a seductive married woman and admirer of her nanny, a lovely girl his own age. The title comes from the first line of the poem "The Garden" by Andrew Marvell. Another work of Bates's later years, "The Simple Life," features a similar relationship. In Woman's Own (March 12, 1966, with the title "Sands of Time"), The Wild Cherry Tree (1968), H.E. Bates (1975).