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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

 

"You see," he said, "it is doubtful if we can ever marry. Very doubtful. 

I have been thinking--I will go to my wife again. I will do my utmost. 

But for a long time, anyhow, we lovers have to be as if we were no more 

than friends." 

 

He paused. She answered slowly. "That is as you will," she said. 

 

"Why should it matter?" he said. 

 

And then, as she answered nothing, "Seeing that we are lovers." 

 

 

 

Part 7 

 

 

It was rather less than a week after that walk that Capes came and sat 

down beside Ann Veronica for their customary talk in the lunch hour. He 

took a handful of almonds and raisins that she held out to him--for 

both these young people had given up the practice of going out for 

luncheon--and kept her hand for a moment to kiss her finger-tips. He did 

not speak for a moment. 

 

"Well?" she said. 

 

"I say!" he said, without any movement. "Let's go." 

 

"Go!" She did not understand him at first, and then her heart began to 

beat very rapidly. 

 

"Stop this--this humbugging," he explained. "It's like the Picture and 

the Bust. I can't stand it. Let's go. Go off and live together--until we 

can marry. Dare you?" 

 

"Do you mean NOW?" 

 

"At the end of the session. It's the only clean way for us. Are you 

prepared to do it?" 

 

Her hands clenched. "Yes," she said, very faintly. And then: "Of course! 

Always. It is what I have wanted, what I have meant all along." 

 

She stared before her, trying to keep back a rush of tears. 

 

Capes kept obstinately stiff, and spoke between his teeth. 

 

"There's endless reasons, no doubt, why we shouldn't," he said. 

"Endless. It's wrong in the eyes of most people. For many of them it 

will smirch us forever.... You DO understand?" 

 

"Who cares for most people?" she said, not looking at him. 

 

"I do. It means social isolation--struggle." 

 

"If you dare--I dare," said Ann Veronica. "I was never so clear in all 

my life as I have been in this business." She lifted steadfast eyes to 

him. "Dare!" she said. The tears were welling over now, but her voice 

was steady. "You're not a man for me--not one of a sex, I mean. You're 

just a particular being with nothing else in the world to class with 

you. You are just necessary to life for me. I've never met any one 

like you. To have you is all important. Nothing else weighs against it. 

Morals only begin when that is settled. I sha'n't care a rap if we can 

never marry. I'm not a bit afraid of anything--scandal, difficulty, 

struggle.... I rather want them. I do want them." 


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