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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

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER THE THIRTEENTH 

 

THE SAPPHIRE RING 

 

 

Part 1 

 

 

For a time that ring set with sapphires seemed to be, after all, the 

satisfactory solution of Ann Veronica's difficulties. It was like 

pouring a strong acid over dulled metal. A tarnish of constraint that 

had recently spread over her intercourse with Capes vanished again. They 

embarked upon an open and declared friendship. They even talked about 

friendship. They went to the Zoological Gardens together one Saturday to 

see for themselves a point of morphological interest about the toucan's 

bill--that friendly and entertaining bird--and they spent the rest of 

the afternoon walking about and elaborating in general terms this theme 

and the superiority of intellectual fellowship to all merely passionate 

relationships. Upon this topic Capes was heavy and conscientious, but 

that seemed to her to be just exactly what he ought to be. He was also, 

had she known it, more than a little insincere. "We are only in the dawn 

of the Age of Friendship," he said, "when interest, I suppose, will 

take the place of passions. Either you have had to love people or hate 

them--which is a sort of love, too, in its way--to get anything out of 

them. Now, more and more, we're going to be interested in them, to be 

curious about them and--quite mildly-experimental with them." He seemed 

to be elaborating ideas as he talked. They watched the chimpanzees in 

the new apes' house, and admired the gentle humanity of their eyes--"so 

much more human than human beings"--and they watched the Agile Gibbon in 

the next apartment doing wonderful leaps and aerial somersaults. 

 

"I wonder which of us enjoys that most," said Capes--"does he, or do 

we?" 

 

"He seems to get a zest--" 

 

"He does it and forgets it. We remember it. These joyful bounds just 

lace into the stuff of my memories and stay there forever. Living's just 

material." 

 

"It's very good to be alive." 

 

"It's better to know life than be life." 

 

"One may do both," said Ann Veronica. 

 

She was in a very uncritical state that afternoon. When he said, "Let's 

go and see the wart-hog," she thought no one ever had had so quick a 

flow of good ideas as he; and when he explained that sugar and not buns 

was the talisman of popularity among the animals, she marvelled at his 

practical omniscience. 

 

Finally, at the exit into Regent's Park, they ran against Miss Klegg. 

It was the expression of Miss Klegg's face that put the idea into Ann 

Veronica's head of showing Manning at the College one day, an idea which 


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