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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
MARRYING TO REFORM
"It was a longitime before I went
to sleep that night," x:ontinued Paula.
"As I lay there watching the 'stars,
through my bedroom window, flicker
out one by one as daylight began to
filter through I wondered why I
could not, as the boys used to say,
ditch it all and marry Jefferson Per
rygreen and settle down into being a
rich young society matron.
"Marriage with Jeff would mean all
the friends and acquaintances of my
home city would flock to my stand
ard. I knew with Jeff's money I
could lead society.
" 'But I hate society the kind that
is composed of people like Aunt Ra
chel and Gertrude and' Geraldine,' I
said to myself. 'It is all sham mo
rality, buttressed by sham conven
tionality. You can never be your
simple self. There is always fear of
what someone, whom you do not
care a hang about and who makes
you shiver every time you see her,
will think or say about you.'
"I grew rebellious at the very
thought. Even with its hardships,
annoyances and heartaches, my lib
erty was precious to me.
"Margie," Paula stopped suddenly
in 'relating the history of her life, as
a new thought came to her. "Do you
know of any woman really giving up
her liberty once she has gained it?"
"I don't know, dear," I answered,
"just what- you mean by liberty. A
great many women give up their
work to become wives and mothers
and seem to be very happy in it."
"Yes, I know," said Paula- eagerly,
"but I contend that for those women
the work of being wives and mothers,
is liberty and the other work is to
them something that keeps them
"Then you believe in economic in
dependence, Paula," I said with a
"I think it is one of the solutions
for a happy marriage," she said with
A MAN DESERVES PITY
conviqtion. "As it is now one mem
ber of the married pair usually goes
on living his own life and the other
still has to conform to rules.
"Tolerance, understanding, eco
nomic independence of the modern
woman are needed almost as much
nowadays as in the days of our
"I know it was very inconsistent of
me," continued Paula, "to still cling
to Earnest Lawton, to say to myself
if I married him I would have a
chance to grow as an artist as I could
never do as the wife of Jefferson Per
rygreen. "I said to myself poor Earnest drank
to forget I was out with a man of
whom he was jealous. 'He will he
sorry in the morning.' I argued.
"Margie, at that time I really want
ed to love Jefferson Perrygreen. At
least my common sense told me it
was foolish for me not to try and
love him, and yet such is the incon
sistency of the human heart and the
mystery of physical fascination that
I could not help loving Earnest
"I think even then I knew he was
not worthy. I did not dare look ahead
to living my life with him, and yet I
felt something about his personality
appealed to me made my.heart beat
faster-r-more than any 6ther person
I had met.
"Margie, I shall always have a
sympathetic feeling for any girl who
marries a man, hoping to reform him.
She probably loves him so much that
she would marry him if- she had no
hope of reforming him.
"Alas, the glimmer soon wears
(To Be Continued)
o o I
Once upon a tyme there was a
moving picture that had an artist in
his luxurious studio painting a por
trait of a woman, and when finished
ye portrait really looked like er.