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    The Project Gutenberg EBook of Regiment of Women, by Clemence Dane

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    Title: Regiment of Women

    Author: Clemence Dane

    Release Date: July 17, 2012 [EBook #40264]

    Language: English

    Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1

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    REGIMENT OF WOMEN

    THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

    NEW YORK BOSTON CHICAGO DALLAS

    ATLANTA SAN FRANCISCO

    MACMILLAN & CO., LIMITED

    LONDON BOMBAY CALCUTTA

    MELBOURNE

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    THE MACMILLAN CO. OF CANADA, LTD.

    TORONTO

    REGIMENT OF WOMENBYCLEMENCE DANE

    'The monstrous empire of a

    cruell woman we knowe to be

    the onlie occasion of all these

    miseries: and yet with silence we

    passe the time as thogh the materdid nothinge appertein to us.'

    JOHN KNOX, First Blast of the

    Trumpet against

    the Monstrous Regiment of

    Women.

    New York

    THE MACMILLAN COMPANY1922

    All rights reserved

    COPYRIGHT, 1917,

    By THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.

    Set up and electrotyped. Published January, 1917.

    Norwood Press:

    Berwick & Smith Co., Norwood, Mass., U. S. A.

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    To E. A.

    Here's Our Book

    As it grew.

    But it's Your Book!

    For, but for you,Who'd look

    At My Book?

    C. D.

    REGIMENT OF WOMEN

    Chapter I Chapter XIII Chapter XXVChapter

    XXXVII

    Chapter II Chapter XIV Chapter XXVIChapter

    XXXVIII

    Chapter III Chapter XV Chapter XXVII Chapter XXXIX

    Chapter IV Chapter XVI Chapter XXVIII Chapter XL

    Chapter V Chapter XVII Chapter XXIX Chapter XLI

    Chapter VI Chapter XVIII Chapter XXX Chapter XLII

    Chapter VII Chapter XIX Chapter XXXI Chapter XLIIIChapter VIII Chapter XX Chapter XXXII Chapter XLIV

    Chapter IX Chapter XXI Chapter XXXIII Chapter XLV

    Chapter X Chapter XXII Chapter XXXIV Chapter XLVI

    Chapter XI Chapter XXIII Chapter XXXV Chapter XLVII

    Chapter XII Chapter XXIV Chapter XXXVITranscriber's

    Note

    REGIMENT OF WOMEN

    CHAPTER I

    The school secretary pattered down the long corridor and turned into a class-room.

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    The room was a big one. There were old-fashioned casement windows and

    distempered walls; the modern desks, ranged in double rows, were small and

    shallow, scarred, and incredibly inky. In the window-seats stood an over-populous

    fish-bowl, two trays of silkworms, and a row of experimental jam-pots. There were

    pictures on the wallsThe Infant Samuel was paired with Cherry Ripe, and Alfred,

    in the costume of Robin Hood, conscientiously ignored a neat row of halfpenny

    buns. The form was obviously a low one.Through the opening door came the hive-like hum of a school at work, but the

    room was empty, save for a mistress sitting at the raised desk, idle, hands folded,

    ominously patient. A thin woman, undeveloped, sallow-skinned, with a sensitive

    mouth, and eyes that were bold and shining.

    They narrowed curiously at sight of the new-comer, but she was greeted with

    sufficient courtesy.

    "Yes, Miss Vigers?"

    Henrietta Vigers was spare, precise, with pale, twitching eyes and a high voice. Her

    manner was self-sufficient, her speech deliberate and unnecessarily correct: her

    effect was the colourless obstinacy of an elderly mule. She stared about her

    inquisitively.

    "Miss Hartill, I am looking for Milly Fiske. Her mother has telephonedWhere

    is the class? I can't be mistaken. It's a quarter to one. You take the Lower Third

    from twelve-fifteen, don't you?"

    "Yes," said Clare Hartill.

    "Well, butwhere is it?" The secretary frowned suspiciously. She was instinctively

    hostile to what she did not understand.

    "I don't know," said Clare sweetly.

    Henrietta gaped. Clare, justly annoyed as she was, could not but be grateful to the

    occasion for providing her with amusement. She enjoyed baiting Henrietta.

    "I should have thought you could tell me. Don't you control the time-table? I only

    know"her anger rose again"that I have been waiting here since a quarter past

    twelve. I have waited quite long enough, I think. I am going home. Perhaps you

    will be good enough to enquire into the matter."

    "But haven't you been to look for them?" began Henrietta perplexedly."No," said Clare. "I don't, you know. I expect people to come to me. And I don't

    like wasting my time." Then, with a change of tone, "Really, Miss Vigers, I don't

    know whose fault it is, but it has no business to happen. The class knows perfectly

    well that it is due here. You must see that I can't run about looking for it."

    "Of course, of course!" Henrietta was taken aback. "But I assure you that it's

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    nothing to do with me. I have rearranged nothing. Let me seewho takes them

    before you?"

    Clare shrugged her shoulders.

    "How should I know? I hardly have time for my own classes"

    Henrietta broke in excitedly.

    "It's Miss Durand! I might have known. Miss Durand, naturally. Miss Hartill, I will

    see to the matter at once. It shall not happen again. I will speak to Miss Marsham. I

    might have known."

    "Miss Durand?" Clare's annoyance vanished. She looked interested and a trifle

    amused. "That tall girl with the yellow hair? I've heard about her. I haven't spoken

    to her yet, but the children approve, don't they?" She laughed pointedly and

    Henrietta flushed. "I rather like the look of her."

    "Do you?" Henrietta smiled sourly. "I can't agree. A most unsuitable person. Miss

    Marsham engaged her without consulting meor you either, I suppose? The nieceor daughter or something, of an old mistress. I wonder you didn't hearbut of

    course you were away the first fortnight. A terrible young womanboisterous

    undignifieda bad influence on the children!"

    Clare's eyes narrowed again.

    "Are you sure? The junior classes are working quite as well as usualbetter

    indeed. I've been surprised. Of course, to-day"

    "To-day is an example. She has detained them, I suppose. It has happened

    beforefive minutes hereten thereevery one is complaining. ReallyI shall

    speak to Miss Marsham."

    "Of course, if that's the case, you had better," said Clare, rather impatiently, as she

    moved towards the door. She regretted the impulse that had induced her to explain

    matters to Miss Vigers. If