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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

intense. Ann Veronica had had some training at the Tredgold College in 

disentangling threads from confused statements, and she had a curious 

persuasion that in all this fluent muddle there was something--something 

real, something that signified. But it was very hard to follow. She did 

not understand the note of hostility to men that ran through it all, the 

bitter vindictiveness that lit Miss Miniver's cheeks and eyes, the 

sense of some at last insupportable wrong slowly accumulated. She had no 

inkling of that insupportable wrong. 

 

"We are the species," said Miss Miniver, "men are only incidents. 

They give themselves airs, but so it is. In all the species of animals 

the females are more important than the males; the males have to please 

them. Look at the cock's feathers, look at the competition there is 

everywhere, except among humans. The stags and oxen and things all 

have to fight for us, everywhere. Only in man is the male made the 

most important. And that happens through our maternity; it's our very 

importance that degrades us. 

 

"While we were minding the children they stole our rights and liberties. 

The children made us slaves, and the men took advantage of it. 

It's--Mrs. Shalford says--the accidental conquering the essential. 

Originally in the first animals there were no males, none at all. It 

has been proved. Then they appear among the lower things"--she made 

meticulous gestures to figure the scale of life; she seemed to be 

holding up specimens, and peering through her glasses at them--"among 

crustaceans and things, just as little creatures, ever so inferior to 

the females. Mere hangers on. Things you would laugh at. And among human 

beings, too, women to begin with were the rulers and leaders; they owned 

all the property, they invented all the arts. 

 

"The primitive government was the Matriarchate. The Matriarchate! The 

Lords of Creation just ran about and did what they were told." 

 

"But is that really so?" said Ann Veronica. 

 

"It has been proved," said Miss Miniver, and added, "by American 

professors." 

 

"But how did they prove it?" 

 

"By science," said Miss Miniver, and hurried on, putting out a 

rhetorical hand that showed a slash of finger through its glove. "And 

now, look at us! See what we have become. Toys! Delicate trifles! A sex 

of invalids. It is we who have become the parasites and toys." 

 

It was, Ann Veronica felt, at once absurd and extraordinarily right. 

Hetty, who had periods of lucid expression, put the thing for her 


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