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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 22, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 14',
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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
THE UNATTACHED WOMAN
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper
"Do you think thatEliene will ever
forgive him?" asked Dick as I fin
ished Harry Symone's letter and
looked up and saw that he had fin
ished the one from Eliene.
"I don't know, dear," I answered.
"To me it seems the unforgivable sin.
I could not have my love desecrated
by having it shared by another. I
think if I were Eliene and had those
blessed babies to take up my atten
tion and plenty of money to gratify
every wish, as she has, I woud close
that page in the book of life on which
was written the word 'husband.' "
As I said this there was a rap at
the door and Dick opened it to find
Mrs. Denby standing before him.
"Come in," he said, and I hastened
forward as I like Mrs. Denby as well
as any woman at the hotel. She is
about forty and very beautiful. I
imagine much better looking than
when she was younger, for in her
eyes and about her mouth is an ex
pression that one never sees on the
face of unthinking youth.
"I don't know whether to come in
or not," she said as she hesitated in
the doorway. And then as she enter
ed she explained: "I hope, Mrs. Wav
erly, you will never be one of those
unfortunate beings an unattached
woman of middle age."
"I don't see any reason for you be
ing unattached, Mrs. Denby," said
Dick gallantly as he seated her in the
"But I am, my boy," she answered
with a quick upward look and then
she leaned suddenly forward. "I won
der if you will understand if I tell to
you two young people some very im
portant truths that I have learned
through sad experience?
"Don't look as though I had sud
denly gone crazy, for I have not.
"When I came in here tonight it was to
make vou a little friendly call and
try and take away with me some of
your happiness, for you don't need it
all, you improvident people.
"But you look so perfectly blissful
that it came over me all at once that
once upon a time I was just as happy
as you are and that I threw it away
because I could not find it within my
heart to forgive what I considered a
"I need not tell you what that was.
Both of you will probably remember
my divorce suit, or, if you were too
young, some one has told you about
it. I found that my husband had been
untrue to me, and when I taxed him
with it he begged my forgiveness on
his bended knees android me that
few women can fathom the complex
heart of man. 'Man can love devoted
ly all his life any one woman and be
untrue to her any-hour of the twenty
four,' said he.
"To me the idea was preposterous
and I would not forgive, and I did not
realize that divorce meant separation.
Although Paul had always been kind
ness itself to me, I rushed into the
divorce court and before I knew it
I was 'an unattached woman.'
"I can never make you understand
what it means to a woman who has
been married to all at once find that
she has no one on whom to rely. Even
If the wild transports of first love
have softened into the habit of having
some one always near, the mere
breaking of this habit is like breaking
your heart If I had it to do over again
I would forgive, and forgive, and for
give every time my husband asked to
"I don't know iust why I have said
all this to you, dear young people, un
less it was because I wanted you to
remember me if any slight trouble
came to you and to try and make you
understand that the humbling of your
pride to, and the forgiveness of each
one's little faults or great sins is only