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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
YOUTH QANNOT REALIZE1 TRUTH
"The next day, Margie, I got an
other letter from Charlie Montgom
ery setting the day when I was to
lunch with him and my two cousins.
I immediately wrote him thatcircum
stances had arisen which would
make it impossible for me to meet
the Misses Townsend.
"This brought Charlie over to see
me after the matinee and I told him
the circumstances. What he said
was straight to the point, if not very
" 'You see, Paula,' he said, 'Jerry
is determined to cop out that English
lord and she is afraid you might get
in the running.'
" 'Which remark, I suppose, divest
ed of your racing slang, means that
she is afraid Lord Beauchamp will
admire me. To go a little further in
your language of the track, I have a
good mind to give her a run for her
"Charlie Montgomery's eyes twin
kled. 'You still have your pep, my
.dear child, haven't you? I wish you
could become reconciled to an old
man like me, Paula. I'd never drink
another drop if you'd-marry me and
Fm not so bad when I'm sober. I've
got money enough to put the wheels
under anyone who treats you badly
and run them out of society or even
off the earth.
" 'You could make that old harri
dan of an aunt of yours and her two
snobbish daughters wish they had
never been born. You know, Paula
dear, my family is all right. I am the
"Poor old Charlie! My animosity
fled when he talked to me like that
and besides, Margie, after a girl has
had a year of earning her own living
and making her own friends as I had
she does not expect much of anyone,
man or woman.
"However, I tojd him my mind had
not changed on the marriage ques
tion and was young enough and cruel
enough to say a few well deserved if
impolite words. .
" 'Once before you asked me to
marry you, Mr. Montgomery, and
because you had money and position
and I had just lost them you were
immensely surprised that I did not
jump at the chance. Then one night
you got drunk and insulted me. Of
course, it was the drunkard and not
yourself who acted, but you would
never have treated Paula Newton so
had her father and mother been
" T have learned the last year,
Charlie, that rich men have one code
of conduct for the women of their
own set and another for those women
who struggle along outside it.
" 'Today you ask me again to be
your wife and dangle in front of my
eyes your ability to place me where
I can get even with those who have
hurt and snubbed me in the last year.
I am not angry with you any more
because I have found out how little
it means when a man loses his self
control and becomes a brute. In the
past year I have seen too many of
your sex do just that, but I would not
care to marry any one of you.'
"It was a iveryi grandiloquent
speech, Margie, and I have no doubt
I made it in my best stage manner.
It must have impressed Charlie, how
ever, for he said: By Jove, Paula,
you are a merry little piece and after
this I want you to count me among
your real friends. I'm going to see
that you get what you're after.' '
"I thanked him and Ije left. Then
I discovered that I would not have
time to leave the theater for .some
thing to eat and still get back in
time for the evening performance, l
slipped on a kimona and tried to get
a little rest, for I was too excited
in fact, I think I was feeling too. much
like a heroine in a novel to eat.
Margie, can't you remember how you
loved to play out of story books?.