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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 5 

 

 

Presently it occurred to Ann Veronica to ask about the journey he had 

planned. He had his sections of the Siegfried map folded in his pocket, 

and he squatted up with his legs crossed like an Indian idol while 

she lay prone beside him and followed every movement of his indicatory 

finger. 

 

"Here," he said, "is this Blau See, and here we rest until to-morrow. I 

think we rest here until to-morrow?" 

 

There was a brief silence. 

 

"It is a very pleasant place," said Ann Veronica, biting a rhododendron 

stalk through, and with that faint shadow of a smile returning to her 

lips.... 

 

"And then?" said Ann Veronica. 

 

"Then we go on to this place, the Oeschinensee. It's a lake among 

precipices, and there is a little inn where we can stay, and sit and eat 

our dinner at a pleasant table that looks upon the lake. For some days 

we shall be very idle there among the trees and rocks. There are boats 

on the lake and shady depths and wildernesses of pine-wood. After a day 

or so, perhaps, we will go on one or two little excursions and see how 

good your head is--a mild scramble or so; and then up to a hut on a pass 

just here, and out upon the Blumlis-alp glacier that spreads out so and 

so." 

 

She roused herself from some dream at the word. "Glaciers?" she said. 

 

"Under the Wilde Frau--which was named after you." 

 

He bent and kissed her hair and paused, and then forced his attention 

back to the map. "One day," he resumed, "we will start off early and 

come down into Kandersteg and up these zigzags and here and here, and so 

past this Daubensee to a tiny inn--it won't be busy yet, though; we 

may get it all to ourselves--on the brim of the steepest zigzag you can 

imagine, thousands of feet of zigzag; and you will sit and eat lunch 

with me and look out across the Rhone Valley and over blue distances 

beyond blue distances to the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa and a long 

regiment of sunny, snowy mountains. And when we see them we shall at 

once want to go to them--that's the way with beautiful things--and 

down we shall go, like flies down a wall, to Leukerbad, and so to Leuk 

Station, here, and then by train up the Rhone Valley and this little 

side valley to Stalden; and there, in the cool of the afternoon, we 

shall start off up a gorge, torrents and cliffs below us and above us, 

to sleep in a half-way inn, and go on next day to Saas Fee, Saas of 

the Magic, Saas of the Pagan People. And there, about Saas, are ice 

and snows again, and sometimes we will loiter among the rocks and trees 


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