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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
I HATE TO QUARREL, BUT I CANT ALWAYS GIVE IN
(Copyright, 1915, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
"Now, Dick, I want to tell you
right here you've got to get over ycur
grouch and treat Kitty-decently."
We were in our rooms dressing for
dinner and the theater. Dick had
treated Kitty atrociously, just spoken
to her and that was all, when he
"Well, I don't like her and never
did," he expostulated, "and just now
I am so busy that I ought to be down
at the office with Mr. Selwin, instead
of gallavantaing about with a lot of
folks to a show. It will probably bore
me to death." v
"Did Mr. Selwin ask you to remain
at the office this evening?"
"How would I know he wanted me
if he didn't?" Dick evaded.
"That's strange, as Mrs. Selwin
told me this afternoon that Mr. Sel
win never went to the office after
"Been doing a little detective work
on your own account, my dear?"
When Dick becomes suspicious and
sarcastic he's the nastiest man I
"Now look here, Dick Waverly, if
you thing I'm. going to stand any of
these ugly questions you are might
ily mistaken. Mrs. Selwin called me
up today and invited us over to din
ner. Said she was glad you could
be with me so much during this dull
business season, and Incidentally re
marked that however pressing busi
ness was, Mr. Selwin never went to
the office after office hours. Now,
Dick, you will certainly give me cred
it for not mixing up in your business
affairs, but I am not a child, neither
am I a fool, and you have not been de
ceiving me in the least with your ex
cuses of business the last few weeks
when you have been out night after
night and I have come to regard your
protestations of affection for me to
mean only one thing, remorse for the
way you have been treating me."
Dick looked at me in a surprised
manner and started to speak.
'Wait until I'm through. I don't
want to dicker with you, nor even ask
you questions about where you are
when you are away from me for the -simple
reason that I will not live with
a man and quarrel with him contin
ually. When you are at home I try
to make you comfortable, simply be
cause when you are in a good humor
I am more comfortable, but there are
times when patience ceases to be a,
virtue and one of the times is when
you dome in with that assumed tired
look on your face and plead business
for leaving me. I'll acknowledge that
perhaps I haven't been the pleasant-1
est of companions lately, but one of,
the things you promised was to care f
for me in sickness and in health.
However, I think I could excuse a
neglectful husband easier than I can-,
one who lies to me." t
"But, Margie, I don't lie to you." R
"Now, Dick, please don't salve,
your conscience with the idea thatr
because you tell me part of the truth
which leads me to infer you're not
lying to me, because you know if,
you do not do a more cowardly thing
than lie to yourself that you intends
to deceive me."
"I wish Kitty would stay away,"'
said Dick viciously. .
"Don't lay this quarrel to Kitty,'
Dick. It is coming to you for a long
while and this idea that you was toj
see Mr. Selwin tonight would have
brought it to you anyway. Don't be
a quitter, Dick."
"I am not going with you tonight," j
he said, sullenly, as he jerked off the
white tie he had been trying to makfr
bow knot out of.
"All right I can't compel you to
do anything you don't want to do. "J
I calmly went to the phone and'
called up Jim Edie. As I asked for the.