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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
DICK IS OUT OF TOWN
' Chapter CI 1 1.
Yesterday Dick left for the place
where he lost the book contract last
summer because he would not bribj.
He was sent for by the new board of
education on which there has been
three women appointed. I am very
anxious to hear whaj 'Dick will think
of women in this capacity. I could
see last night that he. was somewhat
prejudiced against them.
I am so glad that Bck has another
chance at that contract and that my
advice, which was practically "Hon
esty is the best policy," has demon
strated itself to be correct. Dick
wanted me to go with "him, but I
realized that I must have a little time
to "adjust" rp.yself, and so I told him
I thought I should stay home, as both
his mother and father were still con
fined to the house.
.Today I am "taking stock," for
Dick and I are "old married folks."
We have been married seven months
Has marriage brought me all the
happiness I expected? I think it has,
but not the kind I expected. I am
happy, but not in the way I expected
to be happy.
Someway before marriage I ex
pected that Dick's and my life to
gether would be a constant series of
love makings. I could not imagine
that existence after his ecstatic love
making would have to drop back into
its ordinary groove of prosaic mo
notony after the wedding.
I remember seeing some years ago
"The Prisoner of Zenda," and I
thought at the time that Anthony
Hope had made a big mistake in his
ending of tlie play when he made the
Princess Flavia give up her lover with
the wistful words:
"If love were only all."
Why should the modern mother
teach her daughter that love is all?
Why not tell her that love is not
all that marriage means patience to
endure courage to perform, power
to remain steadfast, clear vision to
recognize duty, and strength of body
and mind to do it?
Life will go on the same old way;
marriage is no magician's wand by
which two self-centered and more or
less egotistical people can become in
a few minutes angels of light.
After the wedding ceremony the
dreams we thought would come true
remain dreams and our castles in
Spain come toppling down just as
they did before. But don't think
I am an unhappy married woman, lit
tle book because I have found out
that marriage is different from what
I dreamed. Long ago I learned that
when one illusion was shattered that
I must put another in its place.
I love Dick and he loves me and
khere are. times when the old, mad,
romantic love comes back to both of
us, but I think both of us have come
to know ,that, for every-day exist
ence, friendship, comradery and un
derstanding arc better than love,
which always asks everything even
while it gives everything.
I would be very unhappy without
Dick and I grow to depend more and
more on his companionship. I am
not happy now without him. I feel as
though a part of me was gone, but
I have gotten over that wild unrest
when he is not near enough for me
to touch him.
Oh! Little book, life is a complex
thing in which nothing is simple
not even love.
(To Be Continued Tomorrow.)
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper
Our cook is so careful about
thieves. She always locks the door,
even in the day time."
"That's nothing. Our cook always
keeps a policeman in the kitchen."
N. Y. World.