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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

CHAPTER THE EIGHTH 

 

BIOLOGY 

 

 

Part 1 

 

 

January found Ann Veronica a student in the biological laboratory of the 

Central Imperial College that towers up from among the back streets in 

the angle between Euston Road and Great Portland Street. She was working 

very steadily at the Advanced Course in Comparative Anatomy, wonderfully 

relieved to have her mind engaged upon one methodically developing theme 

in the place of the discursive uncertainties of the previous two months, 

and doing her utmost to keep right in the back of her mind and out 

of sight the facts, firstly, that she had achieved this haven of 

satisfactory activity by incurring a debt to Ramage of forty pounds, 

and, secondly, that her present position was necessarily temporary and 

her outlook quite uncertain. 

 

The biological laboratory had an atmosphere that was all its own. 

 

It was at the top of the building, and looked clear over a clustering 

mass of inferior buildings toward Regent's Park. It was long and narrow, 

a well-lit, well-ventilated, quiet gallery of small tables and sinks, 

pervaded by a thin smell of methylated spirit and of a mitigated 

and sterilized organic decay. Along the inner side was a wonderfully 

arranged series of displayed specimens that Russell himself had 

prepared. The supreme effect for Ann Veronica was its surpassing 

relevance; it made every other atmosphere she knew seem discursive and 

confused. The whole place and everything in it aimed at one thing--to 

illustrate, to elaborate, to criticise and illuminate, and make ever 

plainer and plainer the significance of animal and vegetable structure. 

It dealt from floor to ceiling and end to end with the Theory of the 

Forms of Life; the very duster by the blackboard was there to do its 

share in that work, the very washers in the taps; the room was more 

simply concentrated in aim even than a church. To that, perhaps, a 

large part of its satisfyingness was due. Contrasted with the confused 

movement and presences of a Fabian meeting, or the inexplicable 

enthusiasm behind the suffrage demand, with the speeches that were 

partly egotistical displays, partly artful manoeuvres, and partly 

incoherent cries for unsoundly formulated ends, compared with the 

comings and goings of audiences and supporters that were like the 

eddy-driven drift of paper in the street, this long, quiet, methodical 

chamber shone like a star seen through clouds. 

 

Day after day for a measured hour in the lecture-theatre, with elaborate 


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