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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
"Didn't we have a good time?"
said Mollie as she snuggled up to me
in bed, for we were sleeping together
after our little dinner downtown.
In a few minutes she asked,
"Madge, are you asleep?"
"I want, to tell you something."
"All right, go ahead."
"You won't think I'm awfully wick
ed?" "Nothing, my dear child, would"
make me think you . were awfully
wicked. I might think you were ig
norant and foolish, but we are all
that at times, no matter how old we
"Oh, Madge, you're such a dear.
You seem to see things from such a
broad viewpoint. I would not dare
tell mother what I tried to do-for I
didn't do it, after all. You see, after
mother got that telegram that Uncle
Jack was sick she was 'all up in the
air.' She telephoned Dad and he told
her they could take the next train.
"What shall I do with Mollie?" I
heard her ask over the 'phone.
" 'I can go over with Madge and
Dick,' I answered" quickly, and she
"SheAvas so worried about Uncle
that she didn't think any more about
me. You know, Madge, that mother
is one of those one-idea women. She
is never able to work out anything
big. She is so completely engrossed
with one or two details of it."
"Lotssof people are like that, Mol
lie, probably your mother expected
you to telephone us."
"Well, after mother went away I
did try toget you on the telephone,
but could not. Then I thought . I
would go downtown and do a little
shopping and after thatTd go to your
place for dinner.
"Downtown I met Sallie Warbur
ton and' we went into that new tea
place for somethmg to eat, as I had
had no lunch.
"While we were in there Mr. Hat
tersly came in and Sallie introduced
him to me. He sat down at the table
with us, and when I mentioned that I
had not been able to tell you I was
coming out there to dinner he said:
'IH tell you what to do. You two.
girls come and dine with me at the
hotel. Then I can take you out to
your brother's afterward.' Sallie said
she had an engagement, but that
need not deter me from going, and
"after a while I said I would go and
he could call for me at, the house.
I wanted to change my dress, you
know. When I saw you and Dick" I
was so afraid he would get there be
fore we left. I knew if he did that
Dick would make an awful fuss."
"We did see him, Mollie, and Dick
told him you could not keep the
"Was Dick terribly angry? - asked
Mollie, sitting up in bed "and booking
at me with fear-laden eyes.
"Yes, dear, at first he was, but I
told him that it probably happened
in just the way you have described,
and I decided you should go with
us to dinner and' you would probably
tell me all about it"
"I am glad you got me, Margie, for
I dbn't mind telling you I was awful
ly scared when it come to me what I
was doing, but, you see, his car is so
grand and he is just as pleasant as
he can be and I wanted to eat some
"What?" I asked in astonishment
"Why, you know, I have heard so
much about artichokes, and I made
up my mind if I went to dinner with
Mr. Hattersly I would order them!"
I was so glad that I let Mollie order
the artichokes at the hotel; for she
has found out how disappointing the
fruit of some anticipations can be.
After all it is curiosity more than
"cussedness" that gets most of us
into trouble, and the worst of it is