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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

 

Part 3 

 

 

Miss Miniver let Ann Veronica into her peculiar levels of the world 

with so enthusiastic a generosity that it seemed ingratitude to remain 

critical. Indeed, almost insensibly Ann Veronica became habituated to 

the peculiar appearance and the peculiar manners of the people "in the 

van." The shock of their intellectual attitude was over, usage robbed 

it of the first quaint effect of deliberate unreason. They were in many 

respects so right; she clung to that, and shirked more and more the 

paradoxical conviction that they were also somehow, and even in direct 

relation to that rightness, absurd. 

 

Very central in Miss Miniver's universe were the Goopes. The Goopes were 

the oddest little couple conceivable, following a fruitarian career upon 

an upper floor in Theobald's Road. They were childless and servantless, 

and they had reduced simple living to the finest of fine arts. Mr. 

Goopes, Ann Veronica gathered, was a mathematical tutor and visited 

schools, and his wife wrote a weekly column in New Ideas upon vegetarian 

cookery, vivisection, degeneration, the lacteal secretion, appendicitis, 

and the Higher Thought generally, and assisted in the management of 

a fruit shop in the Tottenham Court Road. Their very furniture had 

mysteriously a high-browed quality, and Mr. Goopes when at home dressed 

simply in a pajama-shaped suit of canvas sacking tied with brown 

ribbons, while his wife wore a purple djibbah with a richly 

embroidered yoke. He was a small, dark, reserved man, with a large 

inflexible-looking convex forehead, and his wife was very pink and 

high-spirited, with one of those chins that pass insensibly into a full, 

strong neck. Once a week, every Saturday, they had a little gathering 

from nine till the small hours, just talk and perhaps reading aloud and 

fruitarian refreshments--chestnut sandwiches buttered with nut tose, 

and so forth--and lemonade and unfermented wine; and to one of these 

symposia Miss Miniver after a good deal of preliminary solicitude, 

conducted Ann Veronica. 

 

She was introduced, perhaps a little too obviously for her taste, as 

a girl who was standing out against her people, to a gathering that 

consisted of a very old lady with an extremely wrinkled skin and a deep 

voice who was wearing what appeared to Ann Veronica's inexperienced 

eye to be an antimacassar upon her head, a shy, blond young man with a 

narrow forehead and glasses, two undistinguished women in plain skirts 

and blouses, and a middle-aged couple, very fat and alike in black, Mr. 


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