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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 7 

 

 

At the end of dinner that evening Ann Veronica began: "Father!" 

 

Her father looked at her over his glasses and spoke with grave 

deliberation; "If there is anything you want to say to me," he said, 

"you must say it in the study. I am going to smoke a little here, and 

then I shall go to the study. I don't see what you can have to say. I 

should have thought my note cleared up everything. There are some papers 

I have to look through to-night--important papers." 

 

"I won't keep you very long, daddy," said Ann Veronica. 

 

"I don't see, Mollie," he remarked, taking a cigar from the box on 

the table as his sister and daughter rose, "why you and Vee shouldn't 

discuss this little affair--whatever it is--without bothering me." 

 

It was the first time this controversy had become triangular, for all 

three of them were shy by habit. 

 

He stopped in mid-sentence, and Ann Veronica opened the door for her 

aunt. The air was thick with feelings. Her aunt went out of the room 

with dignity and a rustle, and up-stairs to the fastness of her own 

room. She agreed entirely with her brother. It distressed and confused 

her that the girl should not come to her. 

 

It seemed to show a want of affection, to be a deliberate and unmerited 

disregard, to justify the reprisal of being hurt. 

 

When Ann Veronica came into the study she found every evidence of a 

carefully foreseen grouping about the gas fire. Both arm-chairs had been 

moved a little so as to face each other on either side of the 

fender, and in the circular glow of the green-shaded lamp there lay, 

conspicuously waiting, a thick bundle of blue and white papers tied 

with pink tape. Her father held some printed document in his hand, 

and appeared not to observe her entry. "Sit down," he said, and 

perused--"perused" is the word for it--for some moments. Then he put 

the paper by. "And what is it all about, Veronica?" he asked, with a 

deliberate note of irony, looking at her a little quizzically over his 

glasses. 

 

Ann Veronica looked bright and a little elated, and she disregarded 

her father's invitation to be seated. She stood on the mat instead, and 

looked down on him. "Look here, daddy," she said, in a tone of great 

reasonableness, "I MUST go to that dance, you know." 

 

Her father's irony deepened. "Why?" he asked, suavely. 

 

Her answer was not quite ready. "Well, because I don't see any reason 

why I shouldn't." 

 

"You see I do." 

 

"Why shouldn't I go?" 

 

"It isn't a suitable place; it isn't a suitable gathering." 


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