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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
DICK'S LETTER IN FULL
I expect, little book, if you think
at all, you think I am a very peculiar
woman, but I am not I am just like
every other woman."
I do not believe there is a woman
anywhere in the world who, having
gone through the agony that I have,
would not have thought as I did when
she saw a letter from her husband
with the word "Sweetheart" used as
Dick's letter, however, interested
me very much, although some of it
hurt me, as I think he is trying to
be not only honest but he is also
earnestly trying to make me under
stand the man's viewpoint. His let
"Sweetheart: I have been think
ing of you a lot today and wondering
just what you are doing, and just
what you are thinking about
"I am much afraid, Margie, that
both you and I will have to go a long
ways before we can come to the place
of mutual understanding. I have
never quite realized how far apart
are the standards of men and women
until now, when the whole mess that
I have made of my life and yours is
"You know, dear, what a cad I con
sidered Harry at the time of his epi
sode. Then I did not think it possi
ble for any man to treat a woman he
loved as Harry had Eliene; now I
know it is possible for I have treated
you in the self-same fashion and I
"Yes, dear heart, although you
may not believe it, I love you, and,
stranger still, I have never told any
other woman than you in so many
words that I loved her.
"Even poor Eleanor had to be sat
isfied with 'I want you, dear.'
"Oh, Margie, can't you realize the
great difference between 'I love you'
and 'I want you'?
"A man can want a woman with
a woman and not want her.
"I think, Margie, that it is because
I have trusted you so implicitly that
I have perhaps not been worthy of
trust myself. I have always known
that you were mine, that no other
man could take you from me.
"Does any women understand the
complex nature of man?
"Can she realize that every man,
who is a man, shirks from letting his
wife see to what abysses he can sink?
He holds her above all his lower self.
His wife is set apart from every oth
er woman except perhaps his mother.
In my case, Margie, you know I have
held you above my mother. You
were and are the one woman I re
spect most and love best. " N
"But all the time there has been
another side of me which you could
not satisfy perhaps because I
would not let you do so.
"It is a queer feeling, my dear, but
I believe every man has it. He wishes
to keep from the one woman he calls
wife all the worst of himself. He
wants her to be pure in heart that
she may always inherit the beautiful
kingdom of his home which 'he feels
he must not profane in any way.
"I have sometimes thought that if
men would treat their wives as they
do their mistresses there would be
fewer divorces. I know positively
that if men would treat their mis
tresses asthey do their wives there
would be no mistresses.
"Are you shocked, Margie? You
see I am trying for once to be hon
est with you. I am no different from
other men, most of whom I believe
can love one woman devotedlyand be
untrue to her every week of the year.
"I did not mean to write you this
when I began. I only meant to let
you know that since I nearly lost you
my soul is sick with dread that some
day the awful thing might come true.
(To Be Continued.) f
out loving her, but he can never love