When Mr Hale had finished explaining the exact legal position of an illegitimate daughter whose father had died intestate, Miss Standing’s eyes were round with indignation.
‘I never heard anything so frightfully unjust in all my life,’ she said firmly.
‘I’m afraid that doesn’t alter the law.’
‘What’s the good of women having the vote then? I thought all those frightful unjust laws were going to be altered at once when women get the vote. Miss Clay always said so.’
Mr Hale had never heard of Miss Clay, who was in fact an undermistress at Mme Mardon’s.
He himself had always been opposed to women’s suffrage.
This is the first time I may be tempted to sympathise with Mr Hale's point of view.