THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
AUNT MARY AND I CONSPIRE. CONFESSION 204
(Copyright, 1914", by the Newspaper
A bright newspaperwoman heard of
Ellene's gift to me of her beautiful
home to get well in and wrote a smart
paragraph in the society columns
It was rather amusing to see how
solicitous all my friends and acquaint
ances were about my welfare as soon
as they knew I was there. The cur
iosity to see Eliene's home was a
great helping in making them remem
ber my misfortune.
With the exception of a few inti
mate friends, whose names I gave to
the butler, I am excused to every one
who calls. I am not yet well enough
to entertain toadies.
It is a perfectly glorious place
almost too grand to be "'homey," and
my slightest wish is almost antjcL-"
pated as a matter of course. It is
wonderful what you can do with
Mother Waverly fairly revels in
visits to me, now that she can come
to Eliene's home.
She was much peeved that I did
not ask her to accompany me here
instead of Aunt Mary.
Poor Aunt Mary. She has cheered
up a lot since we came here. She
confided to me yesterday that she had
furnished every cent of money that
had gone to'the furnishing and keep
ing of Jack's home.
"J am nearly at the end of my
money and I will not have any in
come paid over to me for atjeast two
months," she said. "I hope I am not
selfish, Margie, but I was so glad
when you invited me to come with
you I wanted to get away from.the
constant bickerings between Jack
"I don't blame Mary much, for Jack
is out every night and neglects her
n-- ... -.
her or the house and seems perfectly
content to let me pay the necessary
"Margie, dear, I don't believe I can
keepit up. It makes me so nervous
to hear the complaints and angry
voices and I am physically tired."
"Neither shall you, dear Auntie," I
exclaimed. "I am trying to persuade
Dick to let me have an apartment and
if we do we'll have a room for you.
Then you can stay with us as long
as you want to. Do you think you
could Jive with me, dear?"
"Oh, Margie, I would like to try.
Let's talk to Dick about it as soon as
he comes home," said Aunt Mary,
"We must not go at him too rapid
ly," I answered. "Tonight I'll tell him
how sorry you are that you are with
Jack and Mary and J.'ll mention that
Uncle John, in his will, said we were'
to take care of you and make you as
happy as possible then I'll say that
probably I won't be able to go much
this winter, and I am almost sure he
will suggest we have an apartment
and take you with us so that I will
not be alone when he is away."
"That's right, Margie," said Aunt
Mary, with a smile. "You have early
learned that all men the best and the
worst can be made do almost any
thing a woman wants them to if the
woman only arranges it so they shall
make the suggestion instead of her
self. "I have always thought that many
marriages were unhappy because
many wives faced the theory of equal
partnership in material, mental and
spiritual things, instead of facing the
situation that man generally usurps
all the material and as much of the
mental gifts as possible, leaving the
spiritual more or less to their wives.
Then they call the partnership equal."
I didn't think Aunt Mary had so
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