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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
"For a moment," said Paula, "I
could hardly believe my eyes, Margie,
and then I felt "my blood grow hot
with anger. Earnest's action seemed
so absolutely selfish.
" 'Go back home,' I said curtly.
" 'I am so glad you are here,' he
exclaimed somewhat thickly and I
saw he had been drinking. 'I was
afraid something had happened to
"As he said that he pushed inside
the door and made for the stairs as
though to go up to my little sitting
'HTou see, Margie, since I had "been
so successful in my part I had ,taken
a tiny suite at the boarding, house in
stead of the cheerless hall bedroom I
" 'Here, where are you'' going?' I
"He turned around in surprise. Be
fore he could explain I said: Tou
cannot go up to my rooms at this
" T3ut I want to talk to you.'
" 'I am afraid you will have to. wait
until tomorrow. I am tired and
sleepy. I resent your coming here at
this time of the night and subjecting
me to suspicion and curiosity. Mrs.
Martin hasrbeen so annoyed by you
this evening that she told me un
less I could keep my "gentleman
friend" from making a nuisance of
himself I'd have to leave.'
" Tou tell her you will leave to
morrow.' " 'IH do nothing of the kind. Mrs.
Martin has been very kind to me and
she is perfectly right Besides, I will
not have-you'rome here at this hour
of the night'
" 'Afraid I'd find you still out with
that precious friend of your child
hood,' was Earnest's ugly comment
"Silently I started toward the door,
for I was so furious I did not dare to
'"Please, don't send me home,'
Baid Earnest, almost maudlin. 'I can
see you don't love me any more, but
girl, you must let me love you. Don't
send me home until you at least have
told m, you will let me spend the
rest of my life making you happy.'
"'You might begin now by going
home and letting me get some sleep.'
"I could not help smiling, Margie,
at the idea of Earnest Lawton beg
ging to be allowed to make me happy
while he was in the very act of an
noying and making life miserable for
me with his jealousy and egotism. He
caught at the ghost of a smile that
flitted across my face, and catching
me to him said: 'There' is my baby
child now. She has been away all
evening and now she's going to let
her poor Earnest talk it all over with
" 'She certainly is not and tomor
row when you are perfectly sober
she is going to ask you not to call
her by that silly name of baby child
" 'I am not a baby, Earnest, nor
even a child any more, and as you
have probably contributed more to
the growing-up process than any
one else, you certainly, should be
aware of the fact'
"And then, Margie, that terrible
grown-up boy simply sat down on
the stairs and cried; I was almost
crazy and I think I should have bat
ted his head against the railing if
Mrs. Martin had not come out from
behind the drawing room draperies.
"Leave him to me, Miss Paula,' she
said. 'I did not live with a drunken
man for 30 years without learning
how to take care of them.'
"With this she hauled Earnest to
the door and pushed him out
"Covered with confusion and
shame and heart hurt I climbed the
stairs to bed."
(To Be Continued)