Jane Studdock is a modern graduate student, unhappily married to Mark, an ambitious young university lecturer. She is speaking here with Ransom, the director of a small Christian fellowship she happens onto:

“I suppose our marriage was just a mistake.” The Director said nothing. “What would you, what would the people you are talking about say about a case like that?” “I will tell you if you really want to know,” said the Director. “Please,” said Jane reluctantly. “They would say,” he answered , “that you do not fail in obedience through lack of love, but have lost love because you never attempted obedience.” Something in Jane that would normally have reacted to such a remark with anger or laughter was banished to a remind distance…

“I thought love meant equality,” she said, “and free companionship.” “Ah, equality,” said the Director, “we must talk about some other time. Yes, we all must be guarded by equal rights from one another’s greed because we are fallen, just as we all must wear clothes for the same reason…Equality is not the deepest thing, you know.”

“I always thought that was just what it was, I thought that is was in their souls where people were equal.” “You were mistaken,” said he gravely. “That is the last place where they are equal. Equality before the law, equality of incomes, that is all very well. Equality guards life, it doesn’t make it. It is a medicine, not food.”


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