THE CONFESSIONS QF A WIFE
MOLLIE PROVES A GIRL OF GOOD JUDGMENT
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
I was very glad to see Mollie's
laughing face last evening. She is
growing prettier every day since she
went to work and I am very glad that
she has done so. Her mother is al
ways bewailing the fact of her daugh
ter's working. She seems to think it
is a disgrace but Dad tells me he is
very proud of his little girl.
"Well, Margie," she began. "A
stenographer's life is sure a strenuous
one and it looks to me now as though
it would prove more or less exciting."
"I am glad you are getting along so
well in your work, Mollie. I know
that you like it for your face has lost
that discontented expression that I
have seen on it so often of late."
"Don't have time to get discontent
ed any more. All the time that I am
not stenoging I nave to be minding
my P's and Q's so that the boss will
not catch me napping and take me
out to lunch.
"He's a wonder, that boss of mine,
I can see clearly why he is the slick
iest broker on the street'; he wiggles
out of a situation so easily and clev
erly. "He has been very nice to me, but
he has one nasty habit of not doing
anything all day and then beginning
to sit up and dictate all his letters
after five o'clock in the afternoon.
"The other day I thought I was go
ing t6 lose my job sure, as he had
dawdled around all the morning every
little while saying how sorry he was
that I had to work so hard. I told him
that he need not worry about me,
that the work was not hard and I
liked it very much; ' and me, little
girl?' he asked softly.
" 'Well, you see, I never had a boss
before, so I don't know how you stack
up beside the others, but now that
you have asked me, I think you-might
"That peeved him, but he tried
not to let me see it. He turned away
,- r'Oh, I did not know it was so late,
with that I'll get-her-yet-look in his
eyes and I pretended not to notice
anything and went on with my work.
"Margie, do women have to go
through life pretending not to notice?
"Mother pretends not to notice that
father is tired and half sick; Mary
pretends not to notice that Jack is
tired of her; you pretend not to notice
when Dick frowns and swears. We all
pretend not to notice something with
every man we meet and the man al
ways knows that we are pretending
and he in his turn pretends that he
doesn't know that we have noticed
and are only pretending.
"After this little digression I'll get
back to the boss.
"The next day he commenced to
dictate letters about half past eleven
and dictated constantly until after
one. Then he looked up as though he
had not thought of it before and Said,
just put on your hat and come to
lunch with me and we will finish
" 'No, thank you, Mr. Denton.'
" 'But you are going to luncheon?'
'"Yes, to the Young Woman's
Christian Association.' I could not
help smiling as I saiiit.
" "The devil you are.'
" "Probably not so much devil in it
as though I went with you.'
" 'Now look here, little girl, I'll treajt
you right I'm a gentleman. What's
the matter with me as a meal ticket?'
And then as he caught sight of my
shocked face, he added, 'for this day
" 'Mr. Denton, we might as Vfell un
derstand each other first as last. I
shall not go to luncheon or any other
meal with the man for whom I am
" 'Why not? Are all men who em
ploy women distasteful to you?'
" "Well, perhaps that's as good a
reason as any, but I am going to give
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