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CONFESSIONS OF A, WIFE
(Copyright, 1915, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
"And now, my dear, what are you
going to do?" I repeated Hatttm's
words to Mollie after she had told me
what had happened orecat Mr. Hat
ton's. "As soon as Chadwick is able we
are going to put his yacht into com
mission and go for a long cruise," she
I jumped up and grasped her
shoulder. "What what did you
- "We are going on a long cruise as
soon as Chadwick is able."
"Mollie are you mad, dear?"
" "No, Margie, I am perfectly sane
but I can see no reason why Chad
wick and I should be punished for the
sins of that terrible woman who is
down in that insane asylum, a crea
ture who would not know him if she
"It will be marriage to me."
"Oh, you must not do it dear, you
must not do it."
"Why not? We love each other
and will always love each other. It
will b'e no sacrifice for me to do this
for my lover who has only me in all
the world. Besides other women have
done this. George Elliot did it.
George Henry Lewis' wife was in the
insane asylum when she went to live
"i expect every girl who has read
of George Elliot apd who has or
thinks she has fallen in love with a
married man and been tempted to fly
with him has solved her conscience
by citing as an excuse for her action,
George Elliot, which shows that the
;pld adage: 'Actions speak louder
than words' is true.
"Well, I cannot see anything wrong
under the circumstances," said Mol
lie defiantly, "in Chadwick and I tak
ing our lives into our own hands. We
do not need 'the law to make our love
"But you need it to make it legaL
"Mollie, dear, I don't believe Mr.
Hatton will allow you to do this thing.
It will kill your mother and estrange
you from all your friends."
"Will you cut me off, Margie?"
asked Mollie suddenly.
"No, dear, I wouldn't cut you off no
matter what you might do, but for
your 6wn sake, dear, for your hap
piness in the years to come I want
you to renounce this mad project."
"Don't you think our love will
"My dear Mollie, passionate love
never lasts and that is the only love
that makes one defy the law as well
as public opinion."
"Do you mean to tell me, Margie,
that the love you have for Dick is
different from that you had when you
"Yes, dear. When I married him I
felt as you do, that all I would need
to be perfectly happy would be to be
"To belong to him," interrupted
Mollie. I smiled to myself although
my heart was aching with the knowl
edge that I used the same words to
you, little book, the night before I
"That feeling of exhaltation does
not, cannot last, my dear Mollie. Life
is greater than love. Whatever the
poets and idealists may say Jove must
take its place with the other things
which go to make up the sum of
"The greatest lovers in the world
have said that passionate love' lasts
but two years and we must know that
in all successful marriages it is suc
ceeded by conjugal affection.
"I am sure you, who are such a
clever girl, cannot help, when you
look about you, noticing" how differ
ently lovers act from married couples.
I think men recover from passionate
love much sooner than wojnen. If
you have read Addison, dear, you will
certainly remember his remark:
'When man becom'es familiar with.
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