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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 10, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 13

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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
ELIENE IS A FRIEND INDEED. CONFESSION 203
Either my sleepless night or my
visit with Mrs. Tenney gave me a
set-back for at half past five o'clock,
when Dick came home, I was in so
much pain that I could n'ot bear to
have him bend over me to kiss me.
I never saw so contrite a person as
Dick. When I said; "Please don't kiss
me, Dick I can't bear it," he thought
I meant because he had been out all
right and .started to tell me how sor
ry he was.
"I know, I know," I said wearily,
"but I am in such pain that the least
jar in the room or about the bed is
maddening."
I begged Dr. Atwater to give me
another opiate and finally he did so
and mercifully I went to sleep.
I can see why highly nervous wo
men and men become morphine
fiends. My only thought was for
something which would give me relief
from pain. I would have willingly al
lowed them to give me poison because
I knew that death meant rest and
peace.
It is rather astonishing how acute
bodily pain banishes every other care
and sorrow from your mind. I could
not even think of Dick either about
how much I loved him or how un
kind he had been to me. All I wanted
was to be made as comfortable as
possible.
It shows how selfish we really are
down in our very hearts. I could stand
Aunt Mary's careful ministration, but
I wanted every one else to keep away
from me.
This morning, when she -brought
me my mail, I found a letter from
dear Eliene in which she offers me
her beautiful home with its servants
for a month In which 'to get welj.
Eliene certainly has grown
thoughtful and kind since she had her
trouble. And I am going to accept
her invitation which -she put in a way
that makes it easy for both Dick and
me.
"Please, dear Margie," she says,
"give me the pleasure of knowing
that great house of mine is of some
use to someone. You know the serv
ants are all there and my old house
keeper will make you quite comfort
able. "Take dear Aunt Mary with you
for company and you and Dick let
me do this to repay you in a little way
for all you have done for me."
I made Aunt Mary call up Dick as
soon as we got it and he was also
delighted.
Dick is going to take me over there
this afternoon. We are going to rent
our rooms furnished to Jim Edie, who
will give us fifty dollars a month over
the rent for them.
Dick says I am a "good business
woman, even with two bum legs."
Jim was here this afternoon and he
was complaining of the loneliness of
his room in the hotel and I said:
"Why don't you take cur's?"
"Can I?" he inquired eagerly.
"Sure you can," I answered and
immediately terms were arranged.
Dick says I should let Jim move in if
he will pay the rent. I don't thinR so
and I told Jim I thought my beautiful
vwedding presents and pretty rooms
were worth more than fifty a month,
but seeing he was a friend he could
have them for that.
I could not help laughing as I said
it and Aunt Mary seemed so happy.
"That is the first time I have heard
you laugh since your accident, Mar
gie," she said.
"And oh, Aunt Mary, I want to
laugh; I want to be happy enough to
laugh to be free from pain so that I
can laugh and let me tell you a secret,
dear: I am going to laugh even if I
must laugh at my own worries."
(To Be Continued Tomorrow.)
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper
Enterprise Association.)
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