The first chapter of "We Accept With Pleasure" is a model chapter, it is understood. Last spring the prolific Mr. De Voto lectured his students on what material a novelist should employ in the opening chapter. "I've read novel after novel handed in for English 31, but never have I found a really balanced opener," he declared, and to illustrate his point, read off a piece he said was written by a close friend of his. "This is the first which covers all the essential points."

It was of course, the beginning of "We Accept With Pleasure."