Mary Shirley, « Money and Marriage », (à propos du livre The Caddis de Marjorie Bartholomew Paradis ,New York , Century 1929), The Outlook, 16 october 1929, p. 269.
The rather far-fetched title of The Caddis is derived from Charles Kingsley’s nursery tale, Water Babies. The original Caddis was a mythical creature with a passion for bedizening itself in grotesque finery. Marion the Caddis of the novel, is a woman whose passion for thing, preferably costly things, is her salient quality. Dick, her husband, is a charming idealist, inveterately indulgent to his beautiful wife, after the fashion of the luxorious American husband. In some measure the author justifies Marion’s contempt for Dick, by exposing his weak yielding to her silly whims, selfish demands and vulgar ambitions.
As a study of American marriage the story compares not unfavourable with Sinclair Lewis’s bitter denunciation of the American wife in Dodsworth.