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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
JIM SAYS TRAGEDY IS ONLY FACING FACTS
Jim Edie came in with. Dick last
night and tried to make me laugh
with his stories, but to tell you the
truth, little book, IysJn such pain
that it was all I could do to keep
I made Dick get me a pair of
crutches and when he brought them
to me I discovered tears in his eyes.
"Oh, Dick, Dick," I said, "this is not
the time to weep. These crutches
are the beginning of the end."
"All right, Margie," he said, and
he bent down and kissed me.
Oh, little book, if there is anything
terrible the matter with me I wish
some one would tell me. And yet,
coward that I am, I am afraid to ask.
"Dick is working like a horse, Mar
gie," Jim said. "I tell you there is
nothing settles a man like the re
sponsibility of keeping the money he
has made or helped to make. As long
as Mr. Selwin was alive Dick seemed
to think his responsibility was over
when he got the contracts. Now he
knows it is up to him to fill them at
the lowest cost compatible with hon
est business methods and also keep
the money working for the firm."
I looked at Dick rather curiously.
He certainly has changed since Mr.
Selwin's death. He seems simply en
grossed in business.
Strange, isn't it, little book, what
pursuit means in a man's life. I think
that is the secret of Jim's ineffective
ness. I have never known him to act
as though the game was worth the
candle. He just dawdles and drifts.
I really do not think he cared very
much for Mollie. He has never said
anything about proposing to her
since she was married. I think Jim
just wanted to marry and Mollie was
the most available creature.
Last night under all his fun I had
a feeling that while he was feeling
very sorry for me, he was pitying
Dick with all his heart.
Why should any one pity Dick
more than me? Dick is able to get
about he has two good legs, and,
to tell you the truth, little book, he
seems to have a perfectlygood heart
even after all the shivering and shak
ing it must have gone through. Since ("
I have been here at the hospital he
has never mentioned a word about
Elanor Fairlow sometimes, little
book, I almost feel that he has for
gotten her utterly.
Last night Jim gave me some con
firmation of my opinion by launching
out on a theory which involved the
reason why he would rather be a
man than a woman.
"Why, of course, Jim," said Dick,
"every one would rather be a man
than a woman."
"Perhaps," answered Jim, "but
every man hasn't stopped to ask
himself just why this is so. A man
has a much harder time in life than
"What Jim Edie, do you mean to
tell me that you think a man has a
harder time in this world than a
woman?" I exclaimed. "Why, it is
a man-made world, made by him
self and for himself."
"Granted, my dear Margie, but at
that he picked out the very worst
part of it for himself. If man took
himself as seriously as woman takes
herself he would be a raving lunatic.
It is only that he has learned not to
analyze very much nor give himself
over to the torture of remembering
unhappy things that he gets along at
"A man, my dear Margie, if he is ( l
a man just 'takes his own where he "
"This sounds very brutal, as Mr.
Kipling said it, but like many other
things in this world it is not as bru
tal as it sounds.
"There is another thing about this
taking one's own that Kipling did not -tell
and that when a man finds out -