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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
ALICE'S STORY ENDS
"We will make the parents get
nervous for fear the boy will marry
the girl," I continued as Tatand
Alice leaned forward to hear every
word of my story. "We will let the
father say, 'I'll double your allow
ance if you will promise not to mar
ry her.' The boy will answer, T shall
marry her the moment I am 21,
which will be in about a month.'
"Then the father gets busy. After
sending the boy west for a month
and obtaining a promise from him
that he will not write to the girl he
has her arrested for obtaining goods
under false pretenses. He shows the
bills for the furnishings of the apart
ment to bolster up his case.
"The girl confesses she bought the
goods and says the boy told her to
"The father makes his case in
the absence of the boy and the girl
is sent to the house of correction and
afterward paroled to a splendid wom
an who believes in her.
"Of course, all her love for the boy
vanishes when she finds that she has
been left to bear this awful disgrace
alone, but she picks up her life's
threads bravely and goes to work
that she may forget.
"Time goes on and a good man
falls in love with her and asks her
to marry him.
"That is as far as I have gone,
Pat," I said after a little hesitation.
I don't know whether to make her
vtell the man-before she answers him
or not You see, her disgrace in the
courtroom was more or less public
and if she does not tell him, some day
some one might recognize her."
"Do you mean to tell me that ac
cording to your ideas of what a wom
an should do under these circum
stances, you have for a moment har
bored the thought that she should
not tell him?" asked Pat harshly.
t I saw Alice cringe a little and put
her hands to her mouth to keep back
"Now, Pat, what do you mean by
that? I want to make it completely
understood in my story that a wom
an's past belongs to herself alone;
that she can keep it hidden or bring
it forth and exhibit it as she wishes.
Do you mean to tell me that if you
were going to marry a woman you
would feel called upon to tell her all
the hidden romances of your life, not
only your sins, but all your little fool
ish mistakes? Rather would you not
close your book of life at the point
where you met her and seal its pages,
saying to yourself, 'From now on my
life belongs to her; the past is
Pat thought a minute and then, be
ing particularly honest, said, "I guess
you are right, Margie, but any man
would hate to think that the woman
he asks to be his wife has done any
thing that would allow any man,
woman or child in' the universe to
point to her with the finger of scorn."
"That is just a stab at your pride,
your egotism, my dear Pat, but it
ought not to affect your love."
Pat thought a minute and then
said, "Well, it will be a long while be
fore we get tp that part of your story
and we can talk it over more than
once and so get the right psychology
of the matter. What is the next epi
sode?" "Well, you see, Pat, it will depend
on whether the man is ready to for
give or not, for in the case I have
cited the girl will almost have to con
fess or live in torture all the time for
fear of being found out
"What would a man do if the girl
he loved told him this story? '
"I don't know, Margie, for. I cannot
conceive loving a woman who has
lived through a past of this kind. 1
am sure I'd feel that something was.
wrong even if there were no confes-'