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"The fees are paid to the end of the session."
He nodded twice, with his eyes on the fire, as though that was a formal
"You may go on with that work," he said, "so long as you keep in harmony
with things at home. I'm convinced that much of Russell's investigations
are on wrong lines, unsound lines. Still--you must learn for yourself.
You're of age--you're of age."
"The work's almost essential for the B.Sc. exam."
"It's scandalous, but I suppose it is."
Their agreement so far seemed remarkable, and yet as a home-coming the
thing was a little lacking in warmth. But Ann Veronica had still to get
to her chief topic. They were silent for a time. "It's a period of crude
views and crude work," said Mr. Stanley. "Still, these Mendelian fellows
seem likely to give Mr. Russell trouble, a good lot of trouble. Some of
their specimens--wonderfully selected, wonderfully got up."
"Daddy," said Ann Veronica, "these affairs--being away from home
"I thought you would find that out."
"As a matter of fact, I happen to have got a little into debt."
Her heart sank at the change in his expression.
"Well, lodgings and things! And I paid my fees at the College."
"Yes. But how could you get--Who gave you credit?
"You see," said Ann Veronica, "my landlady kept on my room while I
was in Holloway, and the fees for the College mounted up pretty
considerably." She spoke rather quickly, because she found her father's
question the most awkward she had ever had to answer in her life.
"Molly and you settled about the rooms. She said you HAD some money."
"I borrowed it," said Ann Veronica in a casual tone, with white despair
in her heart.
"But who could have lent you money?"
"I pawned my pearl necklace. I got three pounds, and there's three on my
"Six pounds. H'm. Got the tickets? Yes, but then--you said you
"I did, too," said Ann Veronica.
She met his eye for a second and her heart failed her. The truth
was impossible, indecent. If she mentioned Ramage he might have a
fit--anything might happen. She lied. "The Widgetts," she said.
"Tut, tut!" he said. "Really, Vee, you seem to have advertised our
relations pretty generally!"
"They--they knew, of course. Because of the Dance."
"How much do you owe them?"
She knew forty pounds was a quite impossible sum for their neighbors.
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