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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
JIM EDIE'S OPINION OF ELEANOR FAIRLOW
I was very much worried when I
received Eleanor's last letter, little
book. - -.
First, I knew that she must have
money to get away from the city, as
Dick had confessedito me that all the
money she had had for months he
had given her.
At last I decided to send her the
money again anonymously. So I got
my check cashed into a $500 bill and
sent it to her.
Of course I knew, little book, that
she would immediately understand
that I had sent the money, but it
would not be necessary for her to
acknowledge it The conventions
would be respected. She could sooth
her conscience with the idea that
she was not perfectly sure who had
sent it. T did not write her any more
letters and two days afterward Jim
Edie came over to the house and
said: "Did you know, Margie, that
Eleanor Fairlow has gone to Chi
cago to live?"
Dick began to blush and act so
strangely that I was afraid Jim
would notice it and so I hastened to
remark: "Yes, poor girl, she told me
that she had found out she was
strong enough for nursing and so she
was going to Chicago to act as so
cial secretary and companion to an
old friend of her mother. I think she
will be happier there."
"Eleanor Fairlow has always
seemed to me to have been spoiled by
too much luxury and indulgence,"
said Jim. "She is one of those
women who must be taken care of;
one of those perfectly useless fe
males, who, nevertheless, can be
very amusjng and at time most in
teresting. In fact, she is the type
of woman that most men like soft
and yielding, who never quite suc
cumbs, because she js not sufficient
ly tempted. Eleanor Fairlow would
think she was desperately in love
unreservedly and say to herself she
was justified because she loved
greatly, and yet she would be think
ing of herself as a victim of circum
stance. She will make a splendid ad
vertisement of some man's prosper
ity. She will wear the clothes he
buys her beautifully and will keep
his house and honor clean and
"Heavens, Jim, what more do you
want in a woman?" interrupted
Dick, who had been, much interested
in Jim's description of Eleanor.
"Well," said Jim, "in the first place
I want a woman with a sense of jus
tice. One who might possibly deny
herself something because she was
made aware it belonged to another."
"Jim, I can see you are all at sea
in your estimation of Eleanor Fair
low." You see, little book, I felt so
sorry for Dick that I thought I must
take Eleanor's part. I knew that he
would not dare be drawn into the
controversy. "I have always been
sorry that she would not let me like
her more, as I certainly would have
liked her to be great friends with
Jim looked very queer. Surely he
can know nothing about the affair
between Dick and Eleanor. No man
would voluntarily tell, where the
woman loved and trusted him, I
As if in answer to my self-addressed
question, Dick made some
reference to a man who had recent
ly come through a big scandal.
"Nothing would ever come of it,"
said Dick, "if he had not been such
a fool as to have told all about it at
the club and patted himself on the
back while doing it"
"But, Dick, you and I both know,"
asserted Jim, "that a man always
tells. He has won a conquest and
what would be the joy of conquest
if no one knew anything about it?"
"Don't you think, Jim, that peri
with a man and would give herself 1