you; don't you feel like a giantess
when you're with him?"
"Well," said Beatrice, "it came
to me like a flash that I wouldn't
give.efther one of themthe satis
faction that I couldn't go, and
anyway a little man with loads of
money is better than no man at
"That's philosophical enough,
' my dear, but den't get a bad case
of glooms over it. If Charles is
so fickle and changeable in his af
fections, it's better to know it now
than later' -
After Drusilla left, the words,
"it's better to know it now,'1 kept
ringing in Beatrice's ears. She
hated to face the truth that any
man could so lightly throw her
friendship aside after all his pro
fessions of sincerity.
"I'll not have any one's sym
pathy," she determined. "At the
dance I'll be the gayest of all."
"Why, 'Beatrice," exclaimed her
friend a few days later, "how
much better you look than -the
last time I saw you; you are fair
ly radiant. It must be your hat.
It's so becoming'
A faint color rose to Beatrice's
cheek. "Don't blahie if all on my
.hat," she said; "givettie credit for
a portion of my good looks."
I just Saw Hallie and she fail
ed completely to appreciate Char
ley's charms," continued Drus
illa; "and she never was so bored j
in all her existence, that she was
the only girl whose partner did
not send her a corsage bouquet,
nA tin noTif tvin wac rrnrp?rpr
whether her program was filled or
noti In fact she Said there was.j
no pleasure-to go with, a young
man who was constantly noticing
another girl. Why do you think
he asked her and then was so
Hallie smiled. $
"Promise you'll never tell."
"I'lhnever tell a spuL" t t
"He was an unwilling victim
Toward the end of the evening
Charlie came up to me saying,
'Hope you enjoyed yourself.' "
"Oh, immensely, Itep)ied.
"Doesn't your back -ache ffom
dancing with that "midget?" he
asked in a maddening sympath
"Not a bit,'' I answered. "Jesse
is a. splendid dancer. '
"Then you prefer that dwarf's
attentions to mine?" heexektim
ed lh a jealous rage.
"Just as much as you' prefer
Hallie to me," Jplid. -
"But I don't and never will,"
he protested, looking at me" ten
derly -1'! asked 701; fo"r tonight,
"Yqu asked me? How can you
deliberately say that when I
heard you invite her?"
"Then I laughed and laughed
until I could not laugh any more."
"What was so ludicrous about
that?" interrupted Drusilla
"Until that moment I neveV
thought about it. He's cross
eyed, and when he looked at Hal
lie, in his own heart and soul He
was in reality staring "at me.
That's wher$ all the trouble came
"Oh, how disconcerted Hallfe
would be if she knew."
"She never will. The best Daft
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