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feeling; it lacks reason. But it is one
of the protective intuitions; it is na
ture' first aid 'in danger; it is the
original life buoy.
But woman, naitrequiring it in her
greatest experiences, has come to
use fear inversely as the" square of
danger. She has indulged it in un
important matters until it has be
come perverted and is now the source
of her most serious limitations.
Afraid of being out of style, woman
spends for clothes extravagantly.
.Afraid of living in the wrong neigh
borhood, she fills the pockets of land
lords from her old age savings ac
count. Afraid of losing her "position," she
drags her husband to social martyr
dom seven nights a week and Sunday
Afraid of Mrs. Grundy's sneers, she
hires servants to d'o her work and
a masseuse to reduce her flesh! .
And,; all these things are disasters,
for by them 'she is never herself, but
a composite photograph. of a' dozen
Scared- 'to be differerit-from the
crowd, frightened for fear somebody'
will think her unlike everybody else
she becomes commonplace!
No wonder she hasn't a historical
record for accomplishment no great
epic, nor great painting, nor great
music to her credit anywhere. These
things mean being original, which is
the same thing as "being different."
But in one experience of her life is
woman always unafraid. A woman
in love braves public opinion. If she
does not, she is probably not in love.
Thus she dares poverty, and in
temperance, and brutality; marries"
"out of her religion" knowing that
her parents will disinherit her; mar
ries a genius knowing she is to him "
but as a transient dream; elopes with
her affinity knowing how soon affini
ties are sundered; hugs her nameless
child to her heart, knowing that so
ciety will cast her out.
She will starve for love, she will
die for love. But if her lover cannot
afford to buy her a diamond'engage
ment ring, she will cry for fear of
what the other girls will think!
Yet man likes woman best when
she fears most, when she is timid,
nervous, anxious, hesitating, trem
bling, fluttering, etc. These condi
tions do so appeal to his superior
courage! They establish him so safe
ly in the role of the hero!
Alas, and alas! 'Twas ever thus.
When one considers any emotion of
woman one necessarily ends up by
talking about man !
And yet there are people who dis
believe the rib story!
THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
, ANOTHER CALLER
When I arrived home after helping
Mollie buy her furs I was met at my
door by Mrs. Dickson, atall, hand
some, blonde woman, exquisitely
"I thought I would come.ini Mrs.
Waverly, and find out if my . machine
annoyed you. You know my rooms
are directly next to you and I spend
much of my time sewing. I make all
my own and my little daughter's
J looked her over again more care
fully.. Her gown fitted to perfection
and it was in very good taste, and it
seemed to me that since I had been
in the hotel she had never worn the
same dress twice.
"What beautiful rooms you have!"
she observed as she glanced about.
"I am too busy keeping my little girl
and myself 'sewed up' to pay much
attention to our rooms."
Just then "little girl" came in, a
rather precocious child of about
eight, and proceeded to go about the
place and comment on all my fur-
nishings. In, one corner of the room
I have a bronze Buddha that has.