Annabel was conscious then of the slow anger which had been burning within her since the night of her visit to the “Unusual. If morality means anything it means keeping bounds, respecting implications, respecting implicit bounds. Perhaps I'd better open it now. At any rate he made it very clear that night that there was an ineradicable discord in life, a jarring something that must shatter all her dreams of a way of living for women that would enable them to be free and spacious and friendly with men, and that was the passionate predisposition of men to believe that the love of women can be earned and won and controlled and compelled. He grunted a little with effort, and she realised the gilt frame must be heavy. "Where is she?" thundered Jonathan, who at this moment reached Mrs. "Pray, make no further mystery; but tell me all without reserve. “What have you been doing since our last talk? Still cutting up rabbits and probing into things? I’ve often thought of that talk of ours—often. ‘I—I mean, she were—’ ‘Pretty as a picture?’ suggested Gerald. He stalked her, he stared at her, he craved her, he sidled slinking and propitiatory and yet relentlessly toward her, until at last she awoke from the suffocating nightmare nearness of his approach, and lay awake in fear and horror listening to the unaccustomed sounds of the hotel. She sprang to her feet and stood listening with parted lips and eager eyes. Members of the crowd looked over their shoulders and stared at her through the smoky haze. “Soon she will return. The poor child! What frightful things she must have seen on that island of hers! The noise of crashing glass caused a diversion; and Ruth turned gratefully toward the sound.
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