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again I could feel my cheeks burn
as with hot fire.
. " 'Then ,it's yours he said, 'and
you can take all your girl friends
joy-riding., Coxneonput and I'll
tell my chauffeur.'
"On the way to the automobile
he asked me my name and tele
"I could hardly tell him. My
throat .seemed all choky and I
was so excited I could hardly
"I and the other girls climbed
into the machine. It was a won
derful aftermoon. We ordered the
, chauffeur to drive wherever we
wished togo, and felt l?ke prin
cesses. The other girls told me
how lucky I was to have attract
ed the attention of the great Mr,
Livingston and envied me for it.
"And so ended the first day,
which was the beginning.
"It was jtwo days later, I think,
that Jeff Mr. Livingston called,
me up. .He, asked me to meet him
in his office.
"Of course, I shouldn't have
gone. But do you realize how I
felt? Have you understood what'
J, tqlq you about the state of my
mind.? Have you understood that
I, the fifteen-year-old girl, just
becoming a woman, was lying
awake nights thinking the
thoughts taught me in' books and
dreaming those thoughts through
the day? Have you understood
ih what light this handsome mil
lionaire 'bachelor of forty-eight
rppeared to me?
ffr that my life was a half
c! In rs dream. At times I could
harly believe it true. At times I
wondered what my father would
say. A.t times I was afraid.
"But running through my head
all the time were the stories I had
read the modern ovels that
made light of the marriage tie,
that told of the wonder of an il
legal love and of its intoxicating
I know the wonder and the
joy. I became a woman before my
time. I loved and I was loved and
I was happy.
"I went on long automobile
rides with Jeff. We went to the
aters together. We had wine sup
pers together. We hal all the
things I had read and dreamed of,
and he was very, very good to me.
"Sometimes I asked him of the,
future. Always he laughed and
kissed" me, and said that the fu
ture would be all right.
"So I went on, living half in a
dreamland of my own making and
half in a real dream of love that I
thought would go on forever.
"Of course, no one knew. When
Iw as with Jeff my father and all
my real friends thought I was at
the business, college.
"A few people knew. I called
them friends then. They weren't
friends, but they weren't inter-
ested in what I was doing except
in one way.
"I wonder sometimes that we
managed to keep it hidden so
Jong. Why, even until last Easter
I took a prominent part in church'
affairs, and no one ever dreamed
"But at last the day came when
I knew everyone must know