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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
MOLLIE'S LOVE AFFAIR
(Copyright, 1915, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
Mollie, like all other girls, believes
that her love affair is the most im
portant and interesting in the world,
and I some times"ihink she is right.
I sometimes wonder if scientists
should spend as much time over the
proper mating of human beings as
they do upon the proper propagation
of hogs if the world would not prog
I do not mean, little book, the
much-talked-of science or near
science of eugenics, although any one
must knqw that physically perfect
men and women are better subjects
for marriage than those who are phy
But it seems to me there should be
something more than mere physical
attraction that shall determine
whether a man shall ask a woman to
marry him or not. A man concludes
because he "wants" a woman it is a
sufficient excuse for marrying her.
He never thinks to reduce his passion
by the aid of a little common sense
md ask himself if he will get over
'wanting" in the first six months of
narriage, or does he "want" the life
long companionship and comradeship
of the girl who has appealed to his
I sometimes think, little book, that
we should have a course in our
schools that will fit young men and
women for the most important un
dertaking of their lives marriage.
Mollie came over dimpling and
smiling. I really think she is the
prettiest girl in town. Since she has
been working on the paper her face
has gained character, and yet it has
lost nothing of its freshness and
"Do you suppose," asked Mollie,
'that Mr. Hatton is in love with me?"
"I haven't the slightest idea, my
dear. Do you want him to be in love
"I don't know," was Mollie's hesi-,
"Isn't it rather selfish of you to
hope that he is interested in you if
you do not particularly care for
"Perhaps," said Mollie, musingly.
"You see, Margie, I think I would fall
in love with either him or Pat if only
one of them were around."
"First time I ever heard of a wom
an who illustrated that manly trait
of being 'happy with either, with the
other dear charmer away.' "
"Well, why not?" asked Mollie. "Is
there any more reason why a man
should have that trait than a woman?
We've all men and women, Margie
got to be easUy charmed or else
the world will come to an end. 'The
idea that on all this earth there are
but two hearts that, mated, can beat
as one is silly. I believe that almost
any two hearts can make themselves
believe that they will beat in accord
if the two people owning them are
thrown together constantly and
neither heart is busy trying the uni
son plan with some other heart.
"Here I am and there are Mr. Hat
ton and Pat, each of whom seems to
think that his is the only heart that
can sing love's grand sweet song with
mine, and yet only two of us are
going to sing it"
"Mollie, would you be happy with
either of these men as his wife?"
Mollie stopped a minute and said:
"You may think I am a strange girl,
Margie, but I believe I would. Truly
I am very fond of them both. I love
Pat for his splendid courage, his
grasp of power, his loyalty and his
good nature, and I love Mr. Hatton
oh, I don't really know why I love Mr.
"I do, my dear. It is because you
are not sure that he loves you and '
you want to win the game."
"Hush, Margie, you are not gener
ous with me."
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