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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

 

They walked side by side for a time. 

 

"In that laboratory one gets to disregard these passions," began Capes. 

"Men are curious animals, with a trick of falling in love readily 

with girls about your age. One has to train one's self not to. I've 

accustomed myself to think of you--as if you were like every other 

girl who works at the schools--as something quite outside these 

possibilities. If only out of loyalty to co-education one has to do 

that. Apart from everything else, this meeting of ours is a breach of a 

good rule." 

 

"Rules are for every day," said Ann Veronica. "This is not every day. 

This is something above all rules." 

 

"For you." 

 

"Not for you?" 

 

"No. No; I'm going to stick to the rules.... It's odd, but nothing 

but cliche seems to meet this case. You've placed me in a very 

exceptional position, Miss Stanley." The note of his own voice 

exasperated him. "Oh, damn!" he said. 

 

She made no answer, and for a time he debated some problems with 

himself. 

 

"No!" he said aloud at last. 

 

"The plain common-sense of the case," he said, "is that we can't 

possibly be lovers in the ordinary sense. That, I think, is manifest. 

You know, I've done no work at all this afternoon. I've been smoking 

cigarettes in the preparation-room and thinking this out. We can't be 

lovers in the ordinary sense, but we can be great and intimate friends." 

 

"We are," said Ann Veronica. 

 

"You've interested me enormously...." 

 

He paused with a sense of ineptitude. "I want to be your friend," he 

said. "I said that at the Zoo, and I mean it. Let us be friends--as near 

and close as friends can be." 

 

Ann Veronica gave him a pallid profile. 

 

"What is the good of pretending?" she said. 

 

"We don't pretend." 

 

"We do. Love is one thing and friendship quite another. Because I'm 

younger than you.... I've got imagination.... I know what I am 

talking about. Mr. Capes, do you think... do you think I don't know 

the meaning of love?" 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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