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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

 

"Idiots!" she said, when she heard this pandemonium, and with particular 

reference to this young lady with the throaty contralto next door. 

"Intolerable idiots!..." 

 

It took some days for this phase to pass, and it left some scars and 

something like a decision. "Violence won't do it," said Ann Veronica. 

"Begin violence, and the woman goes under.... 

 

"But all the rest of our case is right.... Yes." 

 

As the long, solitary days wore on, Ann Veronica found a number of 

definite attitudes and conclusions in her mind. 

 

One of these was a classification of women into women who are and women 

who are not hostile to men. "The real reason why I am out of place 

here," she said, "is because I like men. I can talk with them. I've 

never found them hostile. I've got no feminine class feeling. I don't 

want any laws or freedoms to protect me from a man like Mr. Capes. I 

know that in my heart I would take whatever he gave.... 

 

"A woman wants a proper alliance with a man, a man who is better stuff 

than herself. She wants that and needs it more than anything else in 

the world. It may not be just, it may not be fair, but things are so. It 

isn't law, nor custom, nor masculine violence settled that. It is just 

how things happen to be. She wants to be free--she wants to be legally 

and economically free, so as not to be subject to the wrong man; but 

only God, who made the world, can alter things to prevent her being 

slave to the right one. 

 

"And if she can't have the right one? 

 

"We've developed such a quality of preference!" 

 

She rubbed her knuckles into her forehead. "Oh, but life is difficult!" 

she groaned. "When you loosen the tangle in one place you tie a knot in 

another.... Before there is any change, any real change, I shall be 

dead--dead--dead and finished--two hundred years!..." 

 

 

 

 

 

Part 5 

 

 

One afternoon, while everything was still, the wardress heard her cry 

out suddenly and alarmingly, and with great and unmistakable passion, 

"Why in the name of goodness did I burn that twenty pounds?" 

 

 

 

Part 6 

 

 

She sat regarding her dinner. The meat was coarse and disagreeably 

served. 

 

"I suppose some one makes a bit on the food," she said.... 

 

"One has such ridiculous ideas of the wicked common people and the 

beautiful machinery of order that ropes them in. And here are these 

places, full of contagion! 

 

"Of course, this is the real texture of life, this is what we refined 

secure people forget. We think the whole thing is straight and noble at 


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