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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
THE LITTLE RED BOOK
(Copyright, 1915, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
""Well, I must sa, -Margie, that I'd
be sorry for any girl that married
Jack. I don't think any woman could
be much unhappier than he has made
Mary," said Dick to me last night.
"And you see, Dick, with the kind
est heart in the world you have fixed
it so that Mary can't get rid of him."
"But she doesn't want to, does
she?" asked Dick in surprise.
"he has not said so, but I am sure
I would want to get rid jof you and
would do so mighty quick if you were
"Margie, do you mean that you
would divorce me?"
"Under some circumstances
"Then you believe it is right to
separate from your husband?"
"I certainly believe it is better to
separate than for twa people to live
as Jack and Mary have been living.
"Yes, he was untrue to her all the
"Sometimes, Dick, I think that un
faithfulness is no't always the only
cause for leaving one's husband. I
almost think I could stand that bet
ter than neglect, nagging or unkind
speech and -acts. You see, dear, when
a man begins to be steadily unfaith
ful tp his wife he stops loving her
and hebegins to be unkind to her in
other ways. That is what makes ihe
unfaithful man so hard to live with.
It is not' his unfaithfulness, but the
results of his unfaithfulness."
"It never seems to enter your mind,
Margie, that a woman might be un
faithful to her husband."
"Yes, it does, my dear, and in this
case I believe if I were the husband-I
would consider that the end and leave
"There you go! Just like a woman.
Harder on your own sex than you
are on the men."
"No, dear; I do not mean that the
wife who is unfaithful to her husband
is any greater sinner than the man
who is unfaithful to his wife, but I
do think that unfaithfulness on the
part of a woman means only that
she does not love her husband and
she does love the other man. On the
contrary, I have come to believe that
most men can love their wives and
be unfaithful to them every day."
"In other words, Margie," said
Dick, "you have learned what every
man knows that a man can love
two women at one and the same time.
"And I know, Dick, that no wom
an can love two men at the same
"Evidently, my dear, you do not be
lieve in the old theory that on this
earth there is only one man made
for one woman and these marriages
are made in heaven?"
"I certainly do not When people
are young it is usually a .question of
mating not marrying."
"Where did you learn all this,
Margie? You did not talk this way
before I married you."
"I did not know it then, my dear
hsuband. I did not think abotot mar
riage except in the vaguest sense.
But, being in the habit of always
thinking much about the work or
business in which I am concerned, I
suppose I think more about marriage
and the domestic and social relations
of husband and wife than do most
"Do you write all your conclusions
down in that little Ted book of yours
that you keep so jealously under lock
and key? I'll have to look into it
"I am afraid you never will. Why,.
Dick, the confessions and opinions
that I write in that "book are,so secret
and sacred that I have hardly dared
to read the old ones over to myself."
"But you have no secrets from me,
j dear, have you?"