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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
AUNT MARY ADVISES
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
How I wish my mother-in-law was
like Aunt Mary. .
She has already made me as happy
as it is possible to be without Dick.
I have been over here two days and
not a word from him. She tells me
I ought to write to him, but my stub
born pride won't let ine. "He is in
the wrong; why should I always be
the first to make up?" I asked her.
"Simple because you are a woman,
my dear," she answered serenely.
"Must women always do that?" 1
"The women who make successful
wives generally do so," she answered.
"Even the best of men have down in
their hearts a feeling of superiority
to women and very few of them can
bring themselves to acknowledge to
an inferior that they are in the wrong.
It is a primitive trait that has been
fostered by women themselves who
love to cuddle up in the arms of the
man they love and be magnanimously
forgiven for the sins he has com
mitted." "Mercy! Aunt Mary, I never
thought you could be sarcastic. That
sounds more like Mrs. Selwin."
"I am not sarcastic, my dear Mar
gie, but truthful and 1 am saying all
this to you because I want you to
realize that you are on the wrong
track and if you keep on it you will
be very unhappy. Instead of trying
to make your husband fit your ideal
reconstruct your ideals so they will
fit your husband.
"Dick is the average man, not very
profound and not at all scholarly.
You are cleverer 'than he; therefore,
there is no reason why you should
not dominate the situation and make
him perfectly happy while so doing."
"I despise a woman who tries to
manage her husband."
, "You have been trying to do that
in a manner that is perfectly obvious
and odious to Dick ever since you
I gasped and tried to speak out, but
Aunt Mary went on qtiietly. "The
wife who is wise will manage her
husband for his happiuess, and there
never was a happy and harmonious
marriage that the wife did not man
age her husband, but in such a way
that he did not know it."
"But I don't want to drop to sub
terfuges," I exclaimed, hotly. "I want
only perfect understanding."
"Oh, no, you don't," she interrupt
ed, "for if he did you would be most
uncomfortable. Be thankful that
your husband does not understand
you and never will. When he does,
all the zest of loving will Be gone.
"For, say what you may, loving is
only a game, and its greatest inter
est is that one never knows while
j-one lives what will be the outcome.
"Forgive my lecture, dear Margie,
but I have been afraid you are some
what rebellious against that which
IS. Make the best of it, for some
time, when all that you hold will be
that which WAS, you will know that
ALL of life is good."
"Of course, it is," said a hearty
voice. I looked up and found Dick
holding out his arms. I went straight
(To Be Continued Tomorrow.)
WHAT DO YOU WANT?
Nowadays you can buy a jack
knife having the following parts; ac
coutrements and attachments:
Top lifter. .
And everything except a knife
blade. Boston Globe,