Deep heavy grey signifies depression
Annie Besant (1847–1933) was a prominent British socialist, theosophist, women’s rights activist, writer, orator and supporter of Irish and Indian self-rule.
As married women did not have the legal right to own property, her husband Frank Besant was able to take all the money she earned. Politics further divided the couple. Annie began to support farm workers who were fighting to unionise and to win better conditions. Frank was a Tory and sided with the landlords and farmers. The tension came to a head when Annie refused to attend Communion. In 1873 she left him and returned to London.
Besant began to question her own faith. She turned to leading churchmen for advice, going to see Edward Bouverie Pusey, leader of the Catholic wing of the Church of England. When she asked him to recommend books that would answer her questions, he told her she had read too many already.
Once free of Frank Besant and exposed to new currents of thought, she began to question not only her long-held religious beliefs but also the whole of conventional thinking.
Thought Forms, fig. 34