try to educate ourselves together, take advantage of the accruing
knowledge that is helping men and women to cope with the problems, to
think straight. We can then teach our children to think straight, to
avoid the pitfalls into which we have fallen."
I paused. Maude did not reply. Her face was turned away from me,
towards the red glow of the setting sun above the hills.
"You have been doing this all along, you have had the vision, the true
vision, while I lacked it, Maude. I offer to help you. But if you think
it is impossible for us to live together, if you believe my feeling
toward you is not enough, if you don't think I can do what I propose, or
if you have ceased to care for me--"
She turned to me with a swift movement, her eyes filled with tears.
"Oh, Hugh, don't say any more. I can't stand it. How little you know,
for all your thinking. I love you, I always have loved you. I grew to
be ashamed of it, but I'm not any longer. I haven't any pride any more,
and I never want to have it again."