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whether to pelt or not--"
"That depends whether we carry ourselves as though we expected pelting,"
said Ann Veronica.
"Then, as we succeed, it will begin to sidle back to us. It will do its
best to overlook things--"
"If we let it, poor dear."
"That's if we succeed. If we fail," said Capes, "then--"
"We aren't going to fail," said Ann Veronica.
Life seemed a very brave and glorious enterprise to Ann Veronica that
day. She was quivering with the sense of Capes at her side and glowing
with heroic love; it seemed to her that if they put their hands jointly
against the Alps and pushed they would be able to push them aside. She
lay and nibbled at a sprig of dwarf rhododendron.
"FAIL!" she said.
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