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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

upon him, wondering what it might be that impended. 

 

"You were talking to that fellow Ramage to-day--in the Avenue. Walking 

to the station with him." 

 

So that was it! 

 

"He came and talked to me." 

 

"Ye--e--es." Mr. Stanley considered. "Well, I don't want you to talk to 

him," he said, very firmly. 

 

Ann Veronica paused before she answered. "Don't you think I ought to?" 

she asked, very submissively. 

 

"No." Mr. Stanley coughed and faced toward the house. "He is not--I 

don't like him. I think it inadvisable--I don't want an intimacy to 

spring up between you and a man of that type." 

 

Ann Veronica reflected. "I HAVE--had one or two talks with him, daddy." 

 

"Don't let there be any more. I--In fact, I dislike him extremely." 

 

"Suppose he comes and talks to me?" 

 

"A girl can always keep a man at a distance if she cares to do it. 

She--She can snub him." 

 

Ann Veronica picked a cornflower. 

 

"I wouldn't make this objection," Mr. Stanley went on, "but there are 

things--there are stories about Ramage. He's--He lives in a world of 

possibilities outside your imagination. His treatment of his wife 

is most unsatisfactory. Most unsatisfactory. A bad man, in fact. A 

dissipated, loose-living man." 

 

"I'll try not to see him again," said Ann Veronica. "I didn't know you 

objected to him, daddy." 

 

"Strongly," said Mr. Stanley, "very strongly." 

 

The conversation hung. Ann Veronica wondered what her father would do if 

she were to tell him the full story of her relations with Ramage. 

 

"A man like that taints a girl by looking at her, by his mere 

conversation." He adjusted his glasses on his nose. There was another 

little thing he had to say. "One has to be so careful of one's friends 

and acquaintances," he remarked, by way of transition. "They mould one 

insensibly." His voice assumed an easy detached tone. "I suppose, Vee, 

you don't see much of those Widgetts now?" 

 

"I go in and talk to Constance sometimes." 

 

"Do you?" 

 

"We were great friends at school." 

 

"No doubt.... Still--I don't know whether I quite like--Something 

ramshackle about those people, Vee. While I am talking about your 

friends, I feel--I think you ought to know how I look at it." His voice 

conveyed studied moderation. "I don't mind, of course, your seeing 

her sometimes, still there are differences--differences in social 

atmospheres. One gets drawn into things. Before you know where you 

are you find yourself in a complication. I don't want to influence you 


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