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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
LIVES THERE A MAN WHO IS TRUE TO HIS WIFE? " MARGIE
A bitter memory rose to my mind
as I asked Eliene: "Do you think
there is any husband in the world
that is not sometimes untrue to his
Eliene turned to me quickly. The
moon had gone under a cloud. The
sea and the deck of the yacht were
"You don't mean that Dick "
"That is just what I do mean."
The night and the place were righ
for confidences and Eliene was the
one person who would understand,
for I had been the one, you remem
ber, little book, who has stood beside
her in all her trouble.
"Oh, Margie, I am so sorry, so
sorry for you," she said impulsively,
"and yet there is some excuse for
Dick, too. You must remember that
you have been only "
"A log," I interrupted, "for a year.
I think I would not feel so badly if
he had had a sudden passion for
some other woman during that time.
But the affair occurred while I was
well, Eliene at a time when other
men, even his best friends, seemed to
think I was desirable."
"When did you find it out?" she
"Just before my accident," I an
swered. I could not tell her, little book, that
it was Eleanor Fairlow. Poor Ele
anor is dead let her rest in the
peace she never knew on earth.
"And I thought Margie, you were
the one happy married woman of my
acquaintance," said Eliene sadly.
"Well, dear Eliene, I am not happy
and I have almost come to the con
clusion that no one is what we call
'happily married' after the honey
moon is over."
"Do you know, Margie," said
Eliene after a pause, "I sometimes
think that we women are quite as
much to blame for this state of af
fairs as the men !
"We ask too much of marriage.
Our mothers had the mid-Victorian
idea that every woman's life story
should end with then they were mar-
ried and lived happily ever after. And
so they taught us that marriage was
to be one grand, sweet song.
"I also believe that men have that
sam.e idea in a measure. I do not
believe any man can say to any wom
an immediately after getting the
monthly grocery bill: 'Darling, you
are the light of my life and I adore
you!' He is more apt to frown, think
ing: 'If this woman did not think so
much about eating she would not
spoil the slender outlines I fell in love
with, and I would not have such big
bills to pay."
"It-is only after marriage, my dear,
that either a man or woman sees the.
imperfections in the loved one. And
I am not at all certain that men are '
not quite as disappointed in us as 'we
are in them. I am going to teach my
daughter that the state of marriage
is more splendid than the state of
love. Love is a state of selfishness
when one seeks only for one's happi
ness. The state of marriage is a state
of selfishness where one should live
only for the good of others.
"I shall tell her that I would rather
a good man that she did not love
than an irresponsible chap who saw
in her the acme of his desire. I shall
teach her "
"Eliene, do you never long for that
light that was never on sea or land
that came to you in your first flush
of love with Harry?" I interrupted. f )
"Of course," she answered sturd
ily, "but I know that it is because it
is 'all mixed us,' as both Malcolm
Stuart and Jim Edie say."
I know it is because I have not
been educated aright, little book. I -don't
think I can ever be a feminist.
(To Be Continued)
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