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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
- PACKING UP THE WEDDING PRESENTS
I had dreaded to pack up and as,
things turned out it was. not com
fortable. When I went to get my salad forks
that I intended to take back I found
that Mrs. Waverly had used one dozen
of them, and I am fraid that they are
scratched so that I cannot return
Mrs. Waverly said to me: "Madge,
I wish you would leave your 'flat'
silver with me, It will be so1 nice for
my bridge parties and if you wish
I'll put that banquet lamp that Mqllie
gave you on our sideboard."
At the risk of seeming very nasty I
refused by saying: "I am going to
return a good deal of the silver only
keeping enough for a dozen of every
thing and I am going to take back
the banquet lamp."
"I am afraid that Mollie will be
heart-broken," said Mrs. Waverly.
"On the contrary Mollie is- de
lighted," I answered, "as you know
she had the lamp charged to her
brother's account and she told me
the other day 'that it would be im
possible for her to pay for it There
are many things that I would rather
spend our money for than banquet
I tried to say this with a smile, but
I felt a thin, censorious note coming
into my voice. Of course, Mrs. Wav
erly is a much older woman than I,
but I cannot help feeling that she
has not done her part In this great
business of marriage. All she seems
to think about is what Dick calls
"putting up a front" and she gets
everything she can to further this
without any regard for how it is pro
cured. She would use Dick's credit
and 'our 'bridal rifts or. any other
thing which any one in the family
owned to gam ner ends.
I qould not help hearing her. tell
Molly as I went out of the room that
Madge was going to live so far on the
other side of town, as I think she is
going to be very disagreeable."
Mrs. Waverly would be very indig
nant if anyone accused her of not
being a good wife and mother. She
has all the conventional virtues, but
she thinks much more of what some
acquaintances will say about her
than what those that are nearest and
dearest must think.
I find that the banquet lamp, the
four "Morris" chairs, the four per
colators, and the duplicates of cut
glass, that I am not going to keep
will buy me a perfectly beautiful rug.
I am also sending back all but one
of the pictures that were given me
and exchanging them for a beautiful
leather and brass writing desk set.
I will pick up sbme'where the right
kind of a writing desk.
All the dishes except an afternoon
tea set and an afternoon coffee set,
my chafing dish, electric toaster and
other things I can use I am sending
to the storehouse.
That beautiful "nest of tables" in
Chinese laquer from Eleanor Pairlow
shows her to be a woman of taste
and' I shall keep them.
I can just see how pretty that little
room is going to look and I am crazy
to get over there.
I think Dick will be out of town
next week and I will get the place all
fixed up before he gets home. We are
going over to the hotel tonight to
stay in one of the other rooms until
ours are fixed up.
Dick has not seen our rooms yet.
He said he was satisfied if I was.
I must tell him about the money.
The $6,000 was paid to me today and
I want things settled before we go
into our own rooms. I have a feeling
that we are going to quarrel over that
money and I want only happiness to
enter with us when we open the door
of ihe'first place we call home. -.
(To Be Continued Tomorrow.) .
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