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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

 

 

"MY DEAR DAUGHTER," it ran,--"Here, on the verge of the season 

of forgiveness I hold out a last hand to you in the hope of a 

reconciliation. I ask you, although it is not my place to ask you, to 

return home. This roof is still open to you. You will not be taunted 

if you return and everything that can be done will be done to make you 

happy. 

 

"Indeed, I must implore you to return. This adventure of yours has gone 

on altogether too long; it has become a serious distress to both your 

aunt and myself. We fail altogether to understand your motives in doing 

what you are doing, or, indeed, how you are managing to do it, or what 

you are managing on. If you will think only of one trifling aspect--the 

inconvenience it must be to us to explain your absence--I think you may 

begin to realize what it all means for us. I need hardly say that your 

aunt joins with me very heartily in this request. 

 

"Please come home. You will not find me unreasonable with you. 

 

"Your affectionate 

 

"FATHER." 

 

 

Ann Veronica sat over her fire with her father's note in her hand. 

"Queer letters he writes," she said. "I suppose most people's letters 

are queer. Roof open--like a Noah's Ark. I wonder if he really wants me 

to go home. It's odd how little I know of him, and of how he feels and 

what he feels." 

 

"I wonder how he treated Gwen." 

 

Her mind drifted into a speculation about her sister. "I ought to look 

up Gwen," she said. "I wonder what happened." 

 

Then she fell to thinking about her aunt. "I would like to go home," she 

cried, "to please her. She has been a dear. Considering how little he 

lets her have." 

 

The truth prevailed. "The unaccountable thing is that I wouldn't go home 

to please her. She is, in her way, a dear. One OUGHT to want to please 

her. And I don't. I don't care. I can't even make myself care." 

 

Presently, as if for comparison with her father's letter, she got out 

Ramage's check from the box that contained her papers. For so far she 

had kept it uncashed. She had not even endorsed it. 

 

"Suppose I chuck it," she remarked, standing with the mauve slip in her 

hand--"suppose I chuck it, and surrender and go home! Perhaps, after 

all, Roddy was right! 

 

"Father keeps opening the door and shutting it, but a time will come-- 

 

"I could still go home!" 

 

She held Ramage's check as if to tear it across. "No," she said at last; 

"I'm a human being--not a timid female. What could I do at home? The 

other's a crumple-up--just surrender. Funk! I'll see it out." 


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