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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 5 

 

 

But she did not get away just then. 

 

Ramage's bitterness passed as abruptly as his aggression. "Oh, 

Ann Veronica!" he cried, "I cannot let you go like this! You don't 

understand. You can't possibly understand!" 

 

He began a confused explanation, a perplexing contradictory apology for 

his urgency and wrath. He loved Ann Veronica, he said; he was so mad 

to have her that he defeated himself, and did crude and alarming and 

senseless things. His vicious abusiveness vanished. He suddenly became 

eloquent and plausible. He did make her perceive something of the acute, 

tormenting desire for her that had arisen in him and possessed him. 

She stood, as it were, directed doorward, with her eyes watching every 

movement, listening to him, repelled by him and yet dimly understanding. 

 

At any rate he made it very clear that night that there was an 

ineradicable discord in life, a jarring something that must shatter all 

her dreams of a way of living for women that would enable them to be 

free and spacious and friendly with men, and that was the passionate 

predisposition of men to believe that the love of women can be earned 

and won and controlled and compelled. 

 

He flung aside all his talk of help and disinterested friendship as 

though it had never been even a disguise between them, as though 

from the first it was no more than a fancy dress they had put quite 

understandingly upon their relationship. He had set out to win her, and 

she had let him start. And at the thought of that other lover--he was 

convinced that that beloved person was a lover, and she found herself 

unable to say a word to explain to him that this other person, the 

person she loved, did not even know of her love--Ramage grew angry 

and savage once more, and returned suddenly to gibe and insult. Men do 

services for the love of women, and the woman who takes must pay. Such 

was the simple code that displayed itself in all his thoughts. He left 

that arid rule clear of the least mist of refinement or delicacy. 

 

That he should pay forty pounds to help this girl who preferred another 

man was no less in his eyes than a fraud and mockery that made her 

denial a maddening and outrageous disgrace to him. And this though he 

was evidently passionately in love with her. 

 

For a while he threatened her. "You have put all your life in my hands," 

he declared. "Think of that check you endorsed. There it is--against 

you. I defy you to explain it away. What do you think people will make 


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