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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

Makes you real." 

 

"But don't you see how I must stand to you? Don't you see how it bars us 

from being lovers--You can't--at first. You must think it over. It's all 

outside the world of your experience." 

 

"I don't think it makes a rap of difference, except for one thing. I 

love you more. I've wanted you--always. I didn't dream, not even in my 

wildest dreaming, that--you might have any need of me." 

 

He made a little noise in his throat as if something had cried out 

within him, and for a time they were both too full for speech. 

 

They were going up the slope into Waterloo Station. 

 

"You go home and think of all this," he said, "and talk about it 

to-morrow. Don't, don't say anything now, not anything. As for loving 

you, I do. I do--with all my heart. It's no good hiding it any more. 

I could never have talked to you like this, forgetting everything that 

parts us, forgetting even your age, if I did not love you utterly. If 

I were a clean, free man--We'll have to talk of all these things. Thank 

goodness there's plenty of opportunity! And we two can talk. Anyhow, now 

you've begun it, there's nothing to keep us in all this from being the 

best friends in the world. And talking of every conceivable thing. Is 

there?" 

 

"Nothing," said Ann Veronica, with a radiant face. 

 

"Before this there was a sort of restraint--a make-believe. It's gone." 

 

"It's gone." 

 

"Friendship and love being separate things. And that confounded 

engagement!" 

 

"Gone!" 

 

They came upon a platform, and stood before her compartment. 

 

He took her hand and looked into her eyes and spoke, divided against 

himself, in a voice that was forced and insincere. 

 

"I shall be very glad to have you for a friend," he said, "loving 

friend. I had never dreamed of such a friend as you." 

 

She smiled, sure of herself beyond any pretending, into his troubled 

eyes. Hadn't they settled that already? 

 

"I want you as a friend," he persisted, almost as if he disputed 

something. 

 

 

Part 5 

 

 

The next morning she waited in the laboratory at the lunch-hour in the 

reasonable certainty that he would come to her. 

 

"Well, you have thought it over?" he said, sitting down beside her. 

 

"I've been thinking of you all night," she answered. 

 

"Well?" 

 

"I don't care a rap for all these things." 

 

He said nothing for a space. 

 

"I don't see there's any getting away from the fact that you and I love 

each other," he said, slowly. "So far you've got me and I you.... 


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