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responsible for the proper education,
housing, clothing and feeding of all
children, even when the parents for
any reason fail to provide?"
THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
DICK DIFFERS WITH ME ABOUT MOLLIE
"Well, what did MolHe say?" asked
Dick as. I came downXo breakfast
and met him, leaving Mollie upstairs
to finish dressing.
" "It was just as I thought," I an
swered, "she was curious to see the
lights and hear the music and as your
mother had gone away and young
Hattersly gave her the chance to see
them, she took it without thinking."
"I don't see how she could be such
a little fool," said Dick with a frown.
"Have you never given way to a
worse impulse when your curiosity
tempted you?" I asked. Dick looked
at me rather queerly, but he said
"Mollie met Hattersly yesterday,
and as you know, he is a howling
swell with a 60-horse power motor
car and money, to burn. Of course,
she' was immensely flattered by being
asked by him to go out to dinner
and she figured that she could come
over to our hotel later. That was all
there was to it."
"But she ought to have known
better than to accept such an invita
tion the first time' she met the man,"
"Why?" I asked quietly.
"Don't you suppose mother has
warned' her against doing such a
thing?" asked Dick heatedly.
"No, I don't", .dear, and I am not at
all sure that your mother would not
have let her gone had she been
"What do you mean, Madge? I
have always known you did not. like
mother, but I did not think you would
for a moment dream she would allow
Mollie to do such an indiscreet
I saw I was in for it and I thought
I might as well go ahead, so I said
"No, Dick, I don't dislike your
mother, but I hope you will forgive
me if I tell you that inmy opinion
she is one of those foolish women ,;
who do everything for show, who has
really no idea of her responsibility
as a wife and mother!"
Dick tried to interrupt, but I went
on: "She has never tried to save any
of your father's income, but has al
ways kept him in debt ever since she
was married. Your father toih me
this the other night. She has never
taught either you or Mollie to take
care of yourselves in any way. You
haye never been intimate with ier.
You cpuld not be confidential with "
her. You love her because everybody
says you-must love your mother, but
you have never been friends with her.
You could not go. to ner with any of
your troubles' and expect advice that
would help you. She is your mother
because she bore you, but after "that,-
like many other women who have be
come mothers, she has acted as
thought the obligation was ended."
"Madge, I will not have you talk
like this about my mother!" said
Dick in anger. '
"All right,". .1. answered, "I won't
say any more, but you know it is all
true. You can't change a woman's
character all at once just by making
her a mother, any more than you can
by the old-fashiOned process .of hav
ing her 'get religion.'
"Your mother has never thought
of anything but the struggle to get
on in society afidto this she- has sac
rificed her husband, her children and
herself for she'has lost the greatest
blessing that could .coma' to her
the confidence and ; respect of her
children." ' . ..
"How you do dislike her," said
f hen Lknew I had' made a mistake.