Author of Rest Awhile and Romany Stranger, etc.
Is it possible for a woman to lead a double life? For some reason a Jekyll and Hyde existence has always been considered a male prerogative. Is it to be assumed that women have no life apart from that ordinary everyday life which they must lead in the world? Have they no secret, shadow life, no second soul, no secret self with whom they must escape occasionally into a different world?
Kate Mary Bruce tells a story of a woman who does in the fullest sense of the world lead a double life. The existence that everybody sees is led as Mrs Gordon, lawyer and politician, whilst her secret life of adventure and thrill belongs to Tory Blaize, who has a studio in Chelsea.
Tory herself, brilliant, vital, witty and unscrupulous, is in a sense invulnerable, for human affections cannot touch her inner life at all, although as Mrs Gordon she is a conscientious wife and mother. When at last she meets a man whose personality sweeps both the women off their feet, her two lives threaten to converge catastrophically together, but she is stronger than passion, and in the end she kills the thing she loves in order that Tory Blaize may live on hand in hand with Mrs Gordon.