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LADY DAVENPORT. Thank you, my dear Julia.
WALTER KENT. [_Protesting._] No more?
MRS. FARRANT. I won't play for a moment longer than I feel musical.
MISS TREBELL. Do you think it right, Julia, to finish with that after an
MRS. FARRANT. I suddenly came over Chopinesque, Fanny; ... what's your
objection? [_as she sits by her._]
FRANCES TREBELL. What ... when Bach has raised me to the heights of
AMY O'CONNELL. [_Grimacing sweetly, her eyes only half lifted._] Does he?
I'm glad that I don't understand him.
FRANCES TREBELL. [_Putting mere prettiness in its place._] One may prefer
Chopin when one is young.
AMY O'CONNELL. And is that a reproach or a compliment?
WALTER KENT. [_Boldly._] I do.
FRANCES TREBELL. Or a man may ... unless he's a philosopher.
LADY DAVENPORT. [_To the rescue._] Miss Trebell, you're very hard on mere
FRANCES TREBELL. [_Completing the reproof._] That's my wretched training as
a schoolmistress, Lady Davenport ... one grew to fear it above all things.
LUCY DAVENPORT. [_Throwing in the monosyllable with sharp youthful
FRANCES TREBELL. There were no text books on the subject.
MRS. FARRANT. [_Smiling at her friend._] Yes, Fanny ... I think you escaped
to look after your brother only just in time.
FRANCES TREBELL. In another year I might have been head-mistress, which
commits you to approve of the system for ever.
LADY DAVENPORT. [_Shaking her wise head._] I've watched the Education fever
FRANCES TREBELL. If I hadn't stopped teaching things I didn't understand...!
AMY O'CONNELL. [_Not without mischief._] And what was the effect on the
LUCY DAVENPORT. I can tell you that.
AMY O'CONNELL. Frances never taught you.
LUCY DAVENPORT. No, I wish she had. But I was at her sort of a school before
I went to Newnham. I know.
FRANCES TREBELL. [_Very distastefully._] Up-to-date, it was described as.
LUCY DAVENPORT. Well, it was like a merry-go-round at top speed. You felt
things wouldn't look a bit like that when you came to a standstill.
AMY O'CONNELL. And they don't?
LUCY DAVENPORT. [_With great decision._] Not a bit.
AMY O'CONNELL. [_In her velvet tone._] I was taught the whole duty of woman
by a parson-uncle who disbelieved in his Church.
WALTER KENT. When a man at Jude's was going to take orders....
AMY O'CONNELL. Jude's?
WALTER KENT. At Oxford. The dons went very gingerly with him over bits of
science and history.
[_This wakes a fruitful thought in_ JULIA FARRANT'S _brain._]
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