THE WOMEN WRITERS 345 Prussian hero. He is, in the novel's showing, more than Prussian: the great collective ideal for the future is the fusing, say by a kind of State chemistry, of German provincial characteristics into a per- fect character who will stand for ideal and supreme Germany; and thus in this boy the artistic qualities of the Rhineland are blended with the hard metal of military Prussia. Perhaps a more insistent burden of the tale is the absolute and the statesmanlike necessity of the Prussian military machine, and its essential humanity - in the sense that the man is served by the machine, which must no more be questioned than the machines in a factory. This doctrine of the categorical imperative is developed at immense length and with insinuating simplicity. Der Weg ohne Wahl (1933) is a Kunstler- roman which develops the theme that the conquest of fate can only come by wishing one's fate. I^ennacker (1938) is a Heimkehrerroman: an officer welded to the ways of the War has to adapt himself to the life of peace. But the chief problem is that of the mental peace of parsons.