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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
ANY GIRL AS TOLD TO MARGARET WAVERLY CONTINUED
"111 send some mourning up for
you to select from,' said Mabel to me
the next morning. Mabel is Aunt
Rachel's oldest daughter and she is
as hard as nails. She has a certain
air of distinction, but for some rea
son men do not care for her long.
Her great ambition has always been
to make a brilliant marriage. I ex
pect that is why that Englishman of
title has been invited over here.
" 'You need not do it,' I said, 'I
am not going to wear wourning.'
" 'Do you mean to say that you
are not going to wear mourning 'for
your parents? What will people
" I don't care what they say,
Mabel Both dad and mother hated
to see me in black and never would
let me wear it when they were
around. I remember that I bought
a black taffeta gown once and moth
er made me give it away the moment
she saw i('
"Mabel did not say anything, but
she left soon after and I know she
had gone to tell her mother.
"Soon after Aunt Rachel came
over and said: 'What is this that
Mabel is telling me?'
" 'I am sure I don't know, Aunt
Rachel. What has she been telling
" 'Impertinent as usual,' was her
" 'You very well know what I mean
about your foolish notion of not
wearing black. Do you want to be
gossiped about every time you go
out? I should think you had been
gossiped about enough without in
" 'Let's not talk about it, Aunt Ra
chel,' I said. "The lawyer is com
ing today to tell me just where I
stand. After I know that, I'll be able
to tell you my plans.'
" 'Have you seen the papers this
morning?' Aunt Rachel said abrupt
ly. " 'No.'
" 'Well, they say that it looks as
though by the selling of all of your
father's property and securities, the
amount he took from the bank can
be covered. It also says that this
house, which is the largest asset, be
longed to your mother, and cannot
" 'I am very glad you have this,
as it will give you a modest income,
either if you rent it or if you sell it
and invest the money.'
"I did not say anything in answer
to this, but, of course, I determined
that every dollar should be paid.
That was what darling mother meant
when she asked me to be good to
"Aunt Rachel's mind was turned
in another direction by a wonderful
box of orchids that were just then
brought to me. Inside was the card
of 'Mr. Charles Montgomery.'
"She looked wonderfully pleased.
" 'That is just what I wanted to
talk to you about Mr. Montgom
ery is very much in love with you
We all remarked about it the last
time you were home. If you play
your cards rjght, he will marry you.'
"I suddenly turned sick. Marry
Charles Mortgomery, who was just
twice my age and whose reputation
as a man about town was the very
worst! Why, when I was home the
last time, Aunt Rachel mentioned
that he was paying court to two
young married women, one of whom
committed suicide soon after. If he
were not a multimillionaire he would
not be received anywhere.
"I called Sarah and told her to put
the flowers in another room.
" 'I don't like orchids," I said.
"They always remind me of the tra
" 'You will have to get over fanci
ful notions, Paula,' said my aunt, 'for.