can. But these things can't always be put so that just anyone can grasp
them. They're too complicated. You should read it up beforehand, and try
if you can understand it a little." Rosalind, who had no brains herself,
insulting Mrs. Hilary's, was rather more than Mrs. Hilary could bear.
Rosalind she knew for a fool, so far as intellectual matters went, for
Nan had said so. Clever enough at clothes, and talking scandal, and
winning money at games, and skating over thin ice without going
through--but when it came to a book, or an idea, or a political
question, Rosalind was no whit more intelligent than she was, in fact
much less. She was a rotten psycho-analyst, all her in-laws were sure.
Mrs. Hilary said, "I've been reading a good deal about it lately. It
doesn't seem to me very difficult, though exceedingly foolish in parts."
Rosalind was touchy about psycho-analysis; she always got angry if
people said it was foolish in any way. She was like that; she could see
no weak points in anything she took up; it came from being vain, and not
having a brain. She said one of the things angry people say, instead of
discussing the subject rationally. "I don't suppose the amount of it
you've been able to read _would_ seem difficult. If you came to anything
difficult you'd probably stop, you see. Anyhow, if it seems to you so
foolish why do you want to be analysed?" "Oh, one may as well try
things. I've no doubt there's something in it besides the nonsense."
Mrs. Hilary spoke jauntily, with hungry, unquiet, seeking eyes that
would not meet Rosalind's. She was afraid that Rosalind wo