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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
ELIENE, MARY AND I TALK SHOP
Eliene came this morning to take
Mary and me for a ride. I have not
seen much of Eliefle -4ately, and I
thought she was not looking quite as
well as usual.
"How are the children?" I asked.
"Perfectly well and happy," she an
swered. "And Harry?"
"So engrossed in politics that he
hardly sleeps or eats. Isn't it strange,
Margie, how a man can become ab
sorbed in a business game to the ex
clusion of every other thought?"
"I think, my dear, that is the secret
of every successful man. Through
long years of training a man is able
to put everything he is into the thing
he is most interested in at the time.
We women have not those powers of
concentration. We flitter and flutter
from task to task not waiting to fin
ish one before we are absorbed with
plans for another and we are not able
to give over whole-hearted attention
to any one thing.
"Then you don't think a woman can
be a successful wife and mother at
the same time, Margie?" asked Mary
who had been a silent listener to
Eliene's and my conversation.
"No, I do not, in the sense that she
does not choose between them.
Usually after a woman has children
they come first, everything in the
home is sacrificed to their well-being.
If the husband is also willing to make
the same sacrifices for the children
that the wife is they are brought
nearer together through their mutual
care of the family.
"But if the husband does not hold
this same sense of responsibility chil
dren make the wife's lot a perfect
hades and the more she loves them
the worse it is."
"But don't you think," asked Eli
ene, "that women as a rule, love their
children better than they do their
She said this rather wistfully. As
if she hoped she were not different
from other women. Eliene loves her
little daughter, yes, even Harry's
sons, better than she does Harry.
You and I know, little book, that
after a man has hurt his wife as
Harry did Eliene she can never love
him ardently again. A kind of "truce"
can be patched up but the old love is
"Perhaps I am wrong, Margie," she
continued, "but I am almost sure I
would choose the children instead of
Harry if I had to choose.
"I am not really necessary to
Harry. I sometimes think that is one
of the mistakes husbands make. They
let their wives see they are not abso
lutely necessary to them while all the
while giving the impression that
whatever they do or how they do it,
still their wives must be utterly de
pendent upon them."
"Are all women talking on this im
portant subject nowadays?" asked
Mary. "You see, I have never known
many women, but those that I have
known, from my laundress to the
richest and evidently the happiest
woman I know yourself Eliene has
asked for a happier solution of mar
ried life. Naturally, I with my tra
gedy behind me, insist 'there hain't
no such thing, but to you two happy
women with husbands who adore you
the assertion must sound silly."
Eliene looked at me and by intan
gible telepathy I knew that it was not
wholly of her own case she was
thinking. I wonder if our friends '
know more about Dick and me than
we know about ourselves and each
I won't be pitied, little book. Prom -now
on I'm going to have just the1
best time I can, and if Dick won't
give it to me well he must blame
no one but himself. j
I accepted with alacrity Eliene's in- '
vitation to her house that evening
and Mary said, 'Til come too, if I am :