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coughing dreadfully--all the painful sights of a great city, and here
you come into it to take your chances. It's too valiant, Miss Stanley,
too valiant altogether!"
Ann Veronica meditated. She had had two days of employment-seeking now.
"I wonder if it is."
"It isn't," said Mr. Manning, "that I mind Courage in a Woman--I love
and admire Courage. What could be more splendid than a beautiful girl
facing a great, glorious tiger? Una and the Lion again, and all that!
But this isn't that sort of thing; this is just a great, ugly, endless
wilderness of selfish, sweating, vulgar competition!"
"That you want to keep me out of?"
"Exactly!" said Mr. Manning.
"In a sort of beautiful garden-close--wearing lovely dresses and picking
"Ah! If one could!"
"While those other girls trudge to business and those other women let
lodgings. And in reality even that magic garden-close resolves itself
into a villa at Morningside Park and my father being more and more
cross and overbearing at meals--and a general feeling of insecurity and
Mr. Manning relinquished his cup, and looked meaningly at Ann Veronica.
"There," he said, "you don't treat me fairly, Miss Stanley. My
garden-close would be a better thing than that."
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