Rebel women
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Rebel women

By Evelyn Sharp
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"Funny, isn't it?" said the young man on the top of the omnibus.

"No," said the young woman from whom he appeared to expect an answer, "I don't think it is funny."

"Take care," said the young man's friend, nudging him, "perhaps she's one of them!"

Everybody within hearing laughed, except the woman, who did not seem to be aware that they were talking about her. She was on her feet, steadying herself by grasping the back of the seat in front of her, and her eyes, non-committal in their lack of expression, were bent on the roaring, restless crowd that surged backwards and forwards in the Square below, where progress was gradually becoming an impossibility due to the stream of traffic struggling towards Whitehall. The thing she wanted to find was not down there, among the slipping[8] horses, the swaying men and women, the moving lines of policemen; nor did it lurk in those denser blocks of humanity that marked a spot, here and there, where some resolute, battered woman was setting her face towards the gate of St. Stephen's; nor was the thing she sought to be found behind that locked gate of liberty where those in possession, stronger far in the convention of centuries than locks or bars could make them, stood in their well-bred security, immeasurably shocked at the scene before them and most regrettably shaken, as some of them were heard to murmur, in a lifelong devotion to the women's cause.

The searching gaze of the woman on the omnibus wandered for an instant from all this, away to Westminster Bridge and the blue distance of Lambeth, where darting lamps, like will-o'-the-wisps come to town, added a touch of magic relief to the dinginess of night. Then she came back again to the sharp realism of the foreground and found no will-o'-the-wisps there, only the lights of London shining on a picture she should remember to the end of her life. It did not matter, for the thing beyond it all that she wanted to be sure of, shone through rain and mud alike.

Table of Contents
  • Rebel Women
  • Contents
  • Rebel Women
  • I The Women at the Gate
  • II To Prison while the Sun Shines
  • III Shaking Hands with the Middle Ages
  • IV Filling the War Chest
  • V The Conversion of Penelope's Mother
  • VI At a Street Corner
  • VII The Crank of all the Ages
  • VIII Patrolling the Gutter
  • IX The Black Spot of the Constituency
  • X "Votes for Women—Forward!"
  • XI The Person who cannot Escape
  • XII The Daughter who stays at Home
  • XIII The Game that wasn't Cricket
  • XIV Dissension in the Home
  • THE END
  • THE MARTYRDOM OF MAN
  • SOCIALISM AND SUCCESS
  • Some Uninvited Messages
  • BERNARD SHAW AS ARTIST-PHILOSOPHER
  • SOCIALISM AND SUPERIOR BRAINS
  • MODERN WOMAN AND HOW TO MANAGE HER
  • FOOTNOTES:
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