'She did not think that anyone who was not present could have any idea of the brutalities on the Hastings Front. Women had their hats torn off, their clothes torn from their shoulders. They were struck in the face, they were pelted and unnameable indignities were offered to them.' It was a sort of "fight with wild beasts at Ephesus".I should make it crystal clear at this point that the antagonists in this confrontation were anti-suffrage supporters, who presumably felt that the prospective enfranchisement of women warranted violence. However, suffragettes were not blameless in Hastings. In April 1913 a group of them, which allegedly contained activist Kitty Marion, had burned down a mansion called Levetleigh at St Leonard's, which had belonged to a Member of Parliament. Two months later Ms Marion destroyed stands at Hurst Park Racecourse and was jailed for it (briefly).
'Mrs Sieveking said that sex was merely temporal. Why, therefore, was so much importance placed upon that small word "sex"? The highest ideal was not marriage. It could not be when sex was purely temporal.'