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stool, and sat down. As she did so the preparation-room door opened
behind her. She heard it open, but as she felt unable to look round in
a careless manner she pretended not to hear it. Then Capes' footsteps
approached. She turned with an effort.
"I expected you this morning," he said. "I saw--they knocked off your
"I think it is very good of me to come this afternoon."
"I began to be afraid you might not come at all."
"Yes. I'm glad you're back for all sorts of reasons." He spoke a little
nervously. "Among other things, you know, I didn't understand quite--I
didn't understand that you were so keenly interested in this suffrage
question. I have it on my conscience that I offended you--"
"Offended me when?"
"I've been haunted by the memory of you. I was rude and stupid. We were
talking about the suffrage--and I rather scoffed."
"You weren't rude," she said.
"I didn't know you were so keen on this suffrage business."
"Nor I. You haven't had it on your mind all this time?"
"I have rather. I felt somehow I'd hurt you."
"You didn't. I--I hurt myself."
"I behaved like an idiot, that's all. My nerves were in rags. I was
worried. We're the hysterical animal, Mr. Capes. I got myself locked up
to cool off. By a sort of instinct. As a dog eats grass. I'm right again
"Because your nerves were exposed, that was no excuse for my touching
them. I ought to have seen--"
"It doesn't matter a rap--if you're not disposed to resent the--the way
"I was only sorry I'd been so stupid."
"Well, I take it we're straight again," said Capes with a note of
relief, and assumed an easier position on the edge of her table. "But
if you weren't keen on the suffrage business, why on earth did you go to
Ann Veronica reflected. "It was a phase," she said.
He smiled. "It's a new phase in the life history," he remarked.
"Everybody seems to have it now. Everybody who's going to develop into a
"There's Miss Garvice."
"She's coming on," said Capes. "And, you know, you're altering us all.
I'M shaken. The campaign's a success." He met her questioning eye, and
repeated, "Oh! it IS a success. A man is so apt to--to take women a
little too lightly. Unless they remind him now and then not to....
"Then I didn't waste my time in prison altogether?"
"It wasn't the prison impressed me. But I liked the things you said
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