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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

they shaped as commercialism and competition, silk hats, suburban 

morals, the sweating system, and the subjection of women. So far the 

thing was acceptable enough. But over against the world Miss Miniver 

assembled a small but energetic minority, the Children of Light--people 

she described as "being in the van," or "altogether in the van," about 

whom Ann Veronica's mind was disposed to be more sceptical. 

 

Everything, Miss Miniver said, was "working up," everything was "coming 

on"--the Higher Thought, the Simple Life, Socialism, Humanitarianism, it 

was all the same really. She loved to be there, taking part in it all, 

breathing it, being it. Hitherto in the world's history there had been 

precursors of this Progress at great intervals, voices that had spoken 

and ceased, but now it was all coming on together in a rush. She 

mentioned, with familiar respect, Christ and Buddha and Shelley and 

Nietzsche and Plato. Pioneers all of them. Such names shone brightly in 

the darkness, with black spaces of unilluminated emptiness about them, 

as stars shine in the night; but now--now it was different; now it was 

dawn--the real dawn. 

 

"The women are taking it up," said Miss Miniver; "the women and the 

common people, all pressing forward, all roused." 

 

Ann Veronica listened with her eyes on the fire. 

 

"Everybody is taking it up," said Miss Miniver. "YOU had to come in. You 

couldn't help it. Something drew you. Something draws everybody. From 

suburbs, from country towns--everywhere. I see all the Movements. As 

far as I can, I belong to them all. I keep my finger on the pulse of 

things." 

 

Ann Veronica said nothing. 

 

"The dawn!" said Miss Miniver, with her glasses reflecting the fire like 

pools of blood-red flame. 

 

"I came to London," said Ann Veronica, "rather because of my own 

difficulty. I don't know that I understand altogether." 

 

"Of course you don't," said Miss Miniver, gesticulating triumphantly 

with her thin hand and thinner wrist, and patting Ann Veronica's knee. 

"Of course you don't. That's the wonder of it. But you will, you 

will. You must let me take you to things--to meetings and things, to 

conferences and talks. Then you will begin to see. You will begin to see 

it all opening out. I am up to the ears in it all--every moment I can 

spare. I throw up work--everything! I just teach in one school, one good 

school, three days a week. All the rest--Movements! I can live now on 


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