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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
WHAT MRS. SELWIN THINKS OF MODESTY
(Copyright, 1915, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association)
Mrs. Selwin came over last even
ing for a little call. She seemed
somewhat surprised -that Dick was
not home. "I thought- she said,
"that since the political status of our
school books was decided upon in
this city that Dick would have no
more night work."
I explained to her that "he was in
structing and entertaining the sales
men who were coming in one after
"Oh," she remarked. The word
was simple but the inflection was so
eloquent that even Aunt Mary gave
her a quick glance.
"You are looking well, Margaret,"
was her next remark as she scrutin
ized me closely.
"I am feeling well," I told her, "but
I can't think I look well. I have been
wondering why nature imposed this
long penance upon women. The
agony of childbirth would almost
"You are getting out of it fine, my
dear," said Aunt Mary. "In this day
of the world a prospective mother is
honored that she does not have to
slink away for fear of ribald re
marks or acquisitions of lack of
"That word modesty always acts
like the proverbial red rag on me,"
said Mrs. Selwin rather unexpected
ly for she is a very conservative look
ing woman with her white hair, her
beautiful complexion, her beautiful
clothes and her wonderful but incon
"The first time I ever thought
much about it was when I was at
Miss Hills' preparatory school. We
had a teacher there who was a splen
did woman and perhaps the very
best educator I have ever known.
Strange as it may seem, she was an
old maid. I remember we were one
day in the physiology class and one
of the girls began to stammer a bio
logical explanation of human life.
" 'Stop,' commanded Miss Hills.
'What are you blushing about?'
"The girl could not answer.
" 'Are you trying to explain a very
logical proceeding of nature?'
" 'Yes, Miss Hill.'
" 'Then, why do you, a little weak,
puny and deaf mortal of finite mind
and a slavish desire to follow the
same path that some animal, prob
ably a calf, before you has made, set
yourself up to say to nature the
most beautiful, the most implacable,
the most wonderful thing that mor
tals can conceive this part of your
great plan is wrong and this part' is
right; this part it glories me to talk
about and this part to mention makes
" 'I want to impress upon every
one of your minds young ladies, that
anything that is natural is perfectly
respectable..' I have forgotten most
of the physiology I learned from
books under that woman but I have
never forgotten what she said that
Little boy child, little boy child,
this long time of waiting is not a pen
ance but a school in which I am
learning every day how to talk to
you to teach you by words and ex
ample how to look on life and to do
your portion of it
And, little book, isn't it fortunate
for me that I have two such wonder
ful women as teachers as Aunt Mary
and Mrs. Selwin. I only hope that
when I am as old as they are I shall
be able to give some younger soul
with courage, hopefulness and trust
as they have to me.
Mrs. Selwin is not quite as sweet
as Aunt Mary but her mind is bigger.
Each in her own way has made the '
best of herself and developed her
character to its highest plane.
I don't think Aunt Mary has had as .
much unhappiness as Mrs. Selwin "