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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

Part 4 

 

 

Capes made no answer for a time. 

 

"My mind is full of confused stuff," he said at length. "I've been 

thinking--all the afternoon. Oh, and weeks and months of thought and 

feeling there are bottled up too.... I feel a mixture of beast and 

uncle. I feel like a fraudulent trustee. Every rule is against me--Why 

did I let you begin this? I might have told--" 

 

"I don't see that you could help--" 

 

"I might have helped--" 

 

"You couldn't." 

 

"I ought to have--all the same. 

 

"I wonder," he said, and went off at a tangent. "You know about my 

scandalous past?" 

 

"Very little. It doesn't seem to matter. Does it?" 

 

"I think it does. Profoundly." 

 

"How?" 

 

"It prevents our marrying. It forbids--all sorts of things." 

 

"It can't prevent our loving." 

 

"I'm afraid it can't. But, by Jove! it's going to make our loving a 

fiercely abstract thing." 

 

"You are separated from your wife?" 

 

"Yes, but do you know how?" 

 

"Not exactly." 

 

"Why on earth--? A man ought to be labelled. You see, I'm separated from 

my wife. But she doesn't and won't divorce me. You don't understand 

the fix I am in. And you don't know what led to our separation. And, in 

fact, all round the problem you don't know and I don't see how I could 

possibly have told you before. I wanted to, that day in the Zoo. But I 

trusted to that ring of yours." 

 

"Poor old ring!" said Ann Veronica. 

 

"I ought never have gone to the Zoo, I suppose. I asked you to go. But 

a man is a mixed creature.... I wanted the time with you. I wanted it 

badly." 

 

"Tell me about yourself," said Ann Veronica. 

 

"To begin with, I was--I was in the divorce court. I was--I was a 

co-respondent. You understand that term?" 

 

Ann Veronica smiled faintly. "A modern girl does understand these terms. 

She reads novels--and history--and all sorts of things. Did you really 

doubt if I knew?" 

 

"No. But I don't suppose you can understand." 

 

"I don't see why I shouldn't." 

 

"To know things by name is one thing; to know them by seeing them and 

feeling them and being them quite another. That is where life takes 

advantage of youth. You don't understand." 

 

"Perhaps I don't." 

 

"You don't. That's the difficulty. If I told you the facts, I expect, 

since you are in love with me, you'd explain the whole business as being 

very fine and honorable for me--the Higher Morality, or something of 

that sort.... It wasn't." 

 

"I don't deal very much," said Ann Veronica, "in the Higher Morality, or 

the Higher Truth, or any of those things." 


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