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ANN VERONICA TALKS TO HER FATHER-1-2
ANN VERONICA TALKS TO HER FATHER-3-4
ANN VERONICA TALKS TO HER FATHER-5-6
ANN VERONICA TALKS TO HER FATHER-7
ANN VERONICA GATHERS POINTS OF VIEW-1-2
ANN VERONICA GATHERS POINTS OF VIEW-3
THE MORNING OF THE CRISIS-1-2
THE MORNING OF THE CRISIS-3-4-5
THE MORNING OF THE CRISIS-6-7
THE CRISIS-1-2-3-4
THE FLIGHT TO LONDON-1-2-3
THE FLIGHT TO LONDON-4-5-6
EXPOSTULATIONS-1-2-3-4
EXPOSTULATIONS-5-6
IDEALS AND A REALITY-1-2
IDEALS AND A REALITY-3-4
IDEALS AND A REALITY-5-6-7
BIOLOGY-1-2
BIOLOGY-3-4-5-6
BIOLOGY-7-8-9
DISCORDS-1
DISCORDS-2-3-4
DISCORDS-5-6-8-9
THE SUFFRAGETTES-1-2-3
THE SUFFRAGETTES-4-5
THOUGHTS IN PRISON-1-2-3-4-5-6
ANN VERONICA PUTS THINGS IN ORDER-1-2-3-4-5-6-7
THE SAPPHIRE RING-1-2-3-4
THE SAPPHIRE RING-5-6
THE COLLAPSE OF THE PENITENT-1-2-3
THE COLLAPSE OF THE PENITENT-4-5-6
THE LAST DAYS AT HOME-1-2-3
IN THE MOUNTAINS-1-2-3-4
IN THE MOUNTAINS-5-6-7-8-9-10-11
IN PERSPECTIVE-1-2-3

ANN VERONICA 

 

A MODERN LOVE STORY 

 

By H. G. Wells 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTENTSCHAP. 

I. ANN VERONICA TALKS TO HER FATHER 

II. ANN VERONICA GATHERS POINTS OF VIEW 

III. THE MORNING OF THE CRISIS 

IV. THE CRISIS 

V. THE FLIGHT TO LONDON 

VI. EXPOSTULATIONS 

VII. IDEALS AND A REALITY 

VIII. BIOLOGY 

IX. DISCORDS 

X. THE SUFFRAGETTES 

XI. THOUGHTS IN PRISON 

XII. ANN VERONICA PUTS THINGS IN ORDER 

XIII. THE SAPPHIRE RING 

XIV. THE COLLAPSE OF THE PENITENT 

XV. THE LAST DAYS AT HOME 

XVI. IN THE MOUNTAINS 

XVII. IN PERSPECTIVE 

 

 

 

"The art of ignoring is one of the accomplishments of every 

well-bred girl, so carefully instilled that at last she can even 

ignore her own thoughts and her own knowledge." 

 

 

 

 

ANN VERONICA 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER THE FIRST 

 

ANN VERONICA TALKS TO HER FATHER 

 

 

Part 1 

 

 

One Wednesday afternoon in late September, Ann Veronica Stanley came 

down from London in a state of solemn excitement and quite resolved to 

have things out with her father that very evening. She had trembled on 

the verge of such a resolution before, but this time quite definitely 

she made it. A crisis had been reached, and she was almost glad it had 

been reached. She made up her mind in the train home that it should be 

a decisive crisis. It is for that reason that this novel begins with 

her there, and neither earlier nor later, for it is the history of this 

crisis and its consequences that this novel has to tell. 

 

She had a compartment to herself in the train from London to Morningside 

Park, and she sat with both her feet on the seat in an attitude that 

would certainly have distressed her mother to see, and horrified her 

grandmother beyond measure; she sat with her knees up to her chin and 

her hands clasped before them, and she was so lost in thought that 

she discovered with a start, from a lettered lamp, that she was at 

Morningside Park, and thought she was moving out of the station, whereas 

she was only moving in. "Lord!" she said. She jumped up at once, 

caught up a leather clutch containing notebooks, a fat text-book, and 

a chocolate-and-yellow-covered pamphlet, and leaped neatly from the 

carriage, only to discover that the train was slowing down and that she 

had to traverse the full length of the platform past it again as the 

result of her precipitation. "Sold again," she remarked. "Idiot!" She 


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