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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
HOW MOLLIE KNEW
"1 was in a daze," continued Mol
lie. "Here was one man not saying
a word of love to nfe-and another
insisting on giving me up to him be
cause he seemed to know.fthat he
loved me and that I loved him, some
thing I had not yet acknowledged to
"Your pronouns are a little in
volved, dear," I interrupted, "but I
gather that Chadwick had not yet
told you he loved you, while Pat in
sisted on retiring in Cbiadwick's fa
"And to cap the climax," broke
in Mollie eagerly, "about an hour
afterward the postman brought me
a letter from Jim Edie."
This interested me very much, lit
tle book, for the idea of Jim's being
deeply in love with Mollie has always
seemed to be a little doubtful. He
was so much older than she. Besides
I simply could not associate Jim with
any woman as wife, he was too nice
to all of us.
When I said this to Dick he in
formed me that it was a sure sign
that Jim was growing old. "A man
never appreciates youth in a woman
until he gets so old that he must have
money to buy it," he said cynically.
"Dick, do you mean to tell me that
you think the love of innocent young
girls can be bought?"
"That is the only kind that can be
bought, my dear," answered Dick,
"for they do not know how wonder
fully valuable itis and so are apt to
sell themselves and it for almost
anything from a few words of flat
tery or a fleeting caress to a mar
I thought of this as I read Jim's
"You don't have to answer, little
girl I saw it in your eyes the other
evening when you and Chadwick
Hatton occupied a box at the sym
"I wonder if Hatton knows what
a lucky man he is. First, he will have
you to love and care for and second
he is a younger man than I and so
will probably have you longer than
I could have been blessed with your
dear presence, even had I been for
tunate enough to have called you
"Mollie, girl, don't worry about
me. I would rather see you happy
than call you wife and I know you
have given your love to a better man
than I. My sincerest good wishes go
with you and remember that always
I am stUl your old friend, Jim."
I laughed, and Mollie, knowing
why, said: "Yes, isn't it funny that I
should be jilted by two men in one
day? I did not laugh then, Margie,
for you see, notwithstanding, they
seemed to see all this I was not at
all sure that Chad still wanted me or
that I loved him.
"I know now that I simply had
to adjust myself that like every
other woman, subconsciously I was
afraid to show my love until I was"..
sure of Chad.
"I sometimes think that this lovei
making business is ah wrong; As isi,
usual in all important affairs of life,
we -women must stand back and look;
unconscious of pur desires and hopes
until some mannn lordly manner tells i.
us that he will give them to us. I
"Why should it have been more im-B
modest to confess to Chad that It
loved him before he told me that he
loved me than afterward?"
"MoUie," I said, "I am afraid you
have the making of a most ardent
"That may be, but if-I am there are -a
million or two girls who are in the
feminist class as weU, for we always
talk these things when we are alone
I mean the girls who think, do, and"
I don't know any others.
"However, I- went home that - J
evening and we, Chad and J, went tow'
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