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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

 

The thing rankled in her mind night and day. She would wake in the night 

to repeat her bitter cry: "Oh, why did I burn those notes?" 

 

It added greatly to the annoyance of the situation that she had twice 

seen Ramage in the Avenue since her return to the shelter of her 

father's roof. He had saluted her with elaborate civility, his eyes 

distended with indecipherable meanings. 

 

She felt she was bound in honor to tell the whole affair to Manning 

sooner or later. Indeed, it seemed inevitable that she must clear it up 

with his assistance, or not at all. And when Manning was not about 

the thing seemed simple enough. She would compose extremely lucid and 

honorable explanations. But when it came to broaching them, it proved to 

be much more difficult than she had supposed. 

 

They went down the great staircase of the building, and, while she 

sought in her mind for a beginning, he broke into appreciation of her 

simple dress and self-congratulations upon their engagement. 

 

"It makes me feel," he said, "that nothing is impossible--to have you 

here beside me. I said, that day at Surbiton, 'There's many good things 

in life, but there's only one best, and that's the wild-haired girl 

who's pulling away at that oar. I will make her my Grail, and some day, 

perhaps, if God wills, she shall become my wife!'" 

 

He looked very hard before him as he said this, and his voice was full 

of deep feeling. 

 

"Grail!" said Ann Veronica, and then: "Oh, yes--of course! Anything but 

a holy one, I'm afraid." 

 

"Altogether holy, Ann Veronica. Ah! but you can't imagine what you are 

to me and what you mean to me! I suppose there is something mystical and 

wonderful about all women." 

 

"There is something mystical and wonderful about all human beings. I 

don't see that men need bank it with the women." 

 

"A man does," said Manning--"a true man, anyhow. And for me there is 

only one treasure-house. By Jove! When I think of it I want to leap and 

shout!" 

 

"It would astonish that man with the barrow." 

 

"It astonishes me that I don't," said Manning, in a tone of intense 

self-enjoyment. 

 

"I think," began Ann Veronica, "that you don't realize--" 

 

He disregarded her entirely. He waved an arm and spoke with a peculiar 

resonance. "I feel like a giant! I believe now I shall do great things. 

Gods! what it must be to pour out strong, splendid verse--mighty 

lines! mighty lines! If I do, Ann Veronica, it will be you. It will be 

altogether you. I will dedicate my books to you. I will lay them all at 


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