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were conscious that everything had
changed since their college days;
their interests had become divergent;
they had grown apart in many ways.
And .Leslie was painfully conscious
that it was Bhe who had stood still,
not Eunice. It was not until after
George's visit that evening that Eu
nice seemed to thaw.
"So that is George," she said. Then
she took Leslie by the hand. "My
dear, how long have you been en
gaged? '"she asked.
"Five years," said Leslie, rather
"Leslie, do you know that you
could have been married for five
years and had that much more hap
piness?" asked Eunice.
Leslie began to explain the cir
cumstances, the long series of misfor
tunes. There was a touch of enw
in her tone'which was not lost upon
"My dear," she answered, "I know
that you have made a great mistake
I should say the great mistake."
"Whytf" asked Leslie. "Do you be
lieve in marrying before one is in a
position to do so? If George had had
your husband's advantages "
"When Philip and I got married,"
answered Eunice, "he had just $50 in
the world. And we spent that on our
honeymoon. We had no furniture, he
had no prospects except those of a
poorly-paid clerk. The first three
years were a continuous struggle. A
month before Arthur was born we did
not know where the doctor's ex
penses would come from. And we
have been very happy all through it
Philip always says that if he hadn't
had me he would never have reached
the position he holds today.
"K we had waited, as y6u have
waited ;where would we be now?
Dear Leslie, do you think marriage is
a thing that should come after one
has" made one's way In the world?
Philip says that it is part of life, not
the reward of life."
Lesk hardly slept that night And
on 'the next day,, after Eunice" had
gone, she. was too ill to go to school.
She knew now that it was not like
ly that George and she would, ever
marry. She had seen her fce in the
mirror; she had changed even more
than Eunice, but instead of taking on
the matronly aspect of a happily mar
ried woman she had become a querulous-looking
old maid instead. Some
day George would awaken to the un
derstanding of what they had missed
in life; he would marry some young
girl, and she well, it would be like
those horrible breach-of-promise
cases that she had read in the news
papers. She must let George go. She knew
that he did not love her. She had be
come merely a part of the routine of
his life. '
A ring atthe bell George's ring!
He never called" at four in. the after
noon. Something must have, occurred
to make him leave hisoffic'e at that
hour. She fastened her hair and
slipped "down the stairs.
George followed her into the parlor
and sat down heavily. His face was
unshaven, his tie sagged from his col
lar; he loked thoroughly dejected.
"Leslie," he said, "I have come to
offer ydu your freedom. I can never
She looked at him; a new-born pity
rose in her heart- How men had to
struggle. She had not thought before
that George, too, migh be as wretch
ed as she.
"The bank has failed," he contin
ued, in a. monotonous voice. "Every
penny is gone. I am at the bottom of
the ladder arani. It will .mean three
years longer. Leslie, I can't hold you.
Leslle! Why, what are you laughing
She laughed, an'l l" toars in her
-eyes were those of happiness., Sh
went across to Georges- cnair and
perched herself upon the -arm of ifc
just as she used to do In the first days
of their engagement
"My dear," she said, "how would
you like to marry me without the
house and the furniture and the new