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"Can I do anything for you?" she
The little woman .looked up in a
startled way. "No, thank you," she
answered, dabbing at her eyes in a
furtive manner. She smiled wanly.
"I expected to meet my husband at
Bridgeport,1' she explained. "But he
has gone on ahead of me, although he
told me that the company would leave
mean the theatrical company?"
"Yes, Marvin "
What was she saying about Mar
vin? Alison -tfas conscious that she
was staring at the little woman and
making a supreme effort not to dis
play the anger raging in her heart
So this was Marvin's wife! But how
about the asylum? Perhaps she had
escaped, was dangerously mad a
hundred thoughts oitted through her
"I love him," the little woman was
saying. "I am sure he is the best
husband in the world. It broke my.
heart last spring when we had to
take parts in separate 'Companies.
We had always been together, you
"Marvin loves me as much as I love
him. .We never separated for more
than a day or so until April Then he
had to accept an offer with the Boyce
people because of the baby. I left her
with his sister."
"Marvin Gordon is your husband?"
stammered Alison, conscious of a
sudden rift of darkness in the golden
glimpse of heaven that had opened
f,Why, I thought I had explained
that," wept the little woman. "He is
weak, like all men, but he means
well. Only I knew that the first sight
of afpretty face would 'throw him off
his balance He has the artistic tem
perament, you know."
"Well, we stranded in Briggstown,
and'l had enough money left to take
me to New York. I thought I would
stop off at Bridgeport on the way and
J see my husband. I wired him, and
u wireu uuuh. mm mey wuum not. pe .
leaving until noon. But when'i
reached Bridgeport they had gone
"There was a woman there who
had known Marvin. She happened to
be at the station, and we recognized
each other immediately. AncT'shcF,,
told me the most terrible things about "
my husband. She said there was a.
girl in Bridgeport whom he was al-'
ways seen with, and it wa& suspected'
that she wasn't all she ought to bel
And you can guess how that hurt
"Yes," said Alison, looking at the
woman as if in a dre'am. " "Tes, it
"So i was afraid something was in
the wind. Once Marvin did some
thing terrible. He ran away with a
girl that was before I married him.
She proved tq have been married,
later, and it saved him. But Ee has
the artistic temperament, and he
can't resist a pretty face."
r "Why don't you get a divorce ?" de
The woman looked at her indig
nantly. ''Divorce?" she exclaimed
angrily. "What for? Aren't all men
who have his. temperament the same?
Isn't it a case of soon in love, soon
over? All that's troubling me is
whether Marvin got my wire to meet
me at the terminal station.''
Alison leaned forward and lopked
earnestly at the little woman. She
felt at that moment 'that she hated
her not less, but nowadded to that,
was an immeasurable hatred of Mar
vin, of herself, of this- love that had
tricked her. .
"I think" he'll meet you," said Ali
son. The little woman looked at her
hopefully. t ""
"Do you 'think so?" she aBked.
"Maybe, then, all that talk about his"
planning to elope with that girl, up at
Bridgeport was just a jealous wdm
'"I 'guess so," said Alison.