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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

in spite of all that is wise and respectable and right." 

 

Ann Veronica thought. She did not want to seem to shrink from 

conversation, but all sorts of odd questions were running through her 

mind. "I wonder why people in love are so defiant, so careless of other 

considerations?" 

 

"The very hares grow brave. I suppose because it IS the chief thing in 

life." He stopped and said earnestly: "It is the chief thing in 

life, and everything else goes down before it. Everything, my dear, 

everything!... But we have got to talk upon indifferent themes until 

we have done with this blond young gentleman from Bavaria...." 

 

The dinner came to an end at last, and the whiskered waiter presented 

his bill and evacuated the apartment and closed the door behind him with 

an almost ostentatious discretion. Ramage stood up, and suddenly turned 

the key in the door in an off-hand manner. "Now," he said, "no one can 

blunder in upon us. We are alone and we can say and do what we please. 

We two." He stood still, looking at her. 

 

Ann Veronica tried to seem absolutely unconcerned. The turning of the 

key startled her, but she did not see how she could make an objection. 

She felt she had stepped into a world of unknown usages. 

 

"I have waited for this," he said, and stood quite still, looking at her 

until the silence became oppressive. 

 

"Won't you sit down," she said, "and tell me what you want to say?" Her 

voice was flat and faint. Suddenly she had become afraid. She struggled 

not to be afraid. After all, what could happen? 

 

He was looking at her very hard and earnestly. "Ann Veronica," he said. 

 

Then before she could say a word to arrest him he was at her side. 

"Don't!" she said, weakly, as he had bent down and put one arm about her 

and seized her hands with his disengaged hand and kissed her--kissed her 

almost upon her lips. He seemed to do ten things before she could think 

to do one, to leap upon her and take possession. 

 

Ann Veronica's universe, which had never been altogether so respectful 

to her as she could have wished, gave a shout and whirled head over 

heels. Everything in the world had changed for her. If hate could kill, 

Ramage would have been killed by a flash of hate. "Mr. Ramage!" she 

cried, and struggled to her feet. 

 

"My darling!" he said, clasping her resolutely in his arms, "my 

dearest!" 

 

"Mr. Ramage!" she began, and his mouth sealed hers and his breath was 

mixed with her breath. Her eye met his four inches away, and his was 


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