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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
YOUR IDOL CANNOT SIN
"Sometimes, Margie," said Paula,
'I think men are right when they say
you can't reach a conclusion about
any woman through what you know
of any other. Do you know, Maude
Lawton in some inexplicable way
came to feel I had been to blame in
the affair with her husband?
"When Earnest Lawton found that
his wife and little daughter were
there he bowed very gracefully to
the inevitable. I could see he was
making love to Maude as devotedly
as he had to me.
"Earnestine fairly clung to him.
Fader, as she called him, was to her
childish mind a little tin god on
wheels and she was not happy un
less she was dragging him around at
the end of her tiny pinafore strings.
"To give him what credit is due,
he was really very fond of her and
she amused him greatly with her
childish prattle. She was with him
everywhere and Earnest did not seem
much put out when they were snap
shotted on the streets and the pic
ture published in an afternoon paper
with the title, 'The only real love of
Earnest Lawton, the stage's - most
popular matinee idol.'
" 'Do you know, Tiny, you will
spoil your father's business if you
don't look out,' he said. 'None of the
pitty yaidies will look at him if they
know he has a great big sweetheart
" 'Don't want pitty yaidies to yook
at fader,' was her uncompromising
" 'Great Scott,' said one of the
stage hands who happened to be
standing near, 'I wonder what that
big stiff would do if the skirts didn't
run after him. There would be no
more hearts and flowers in his young
life.' Just then the man happened
to catch a glimpse of me and he
blushed and shuffled out of the way.
" 'I wonder if that man thinks I
ran after Earnest Lawton,' I said to
myself, and then I felt my eyes grow
wet for I knew that in some inex
plicable fashion Earnest had made
everyone think I had done this. Even
Airs. Lawton, after the first days with
her husband, took this view and
looked upon me with more or less
suspicion. It made Ruth perfectly
" 'I don't care if she is my sister,'
she said, T should think she had been
through enough of these episodes of
Earnest Lawton's to know just where'
to place the blame. But Maude is
still so much in love with him she
thinks he is irresistible to all women.
" 'It is queer, Paula,' Ruth went
on, 'the point of view some women
take in regard to their husbands.
Sometimes I think it is the maternal
instinct that makes them regard the
men whose names they bear as chil
dren. They never think they are to
blame for anything. They seem to
be always thinking, "Poor boy, he
was drawn into this by some great
big man or some intriguing woman.
If these terrible women would only
let my poor weak husband alone he
would be all right"
" 'Earnest Lawton has persuaded
Maude to take this view of your epi
sode, my dear, and not being with
you as 'I have, she insists you must
have known he was married. I know
she forgets this was your first experi
ence on the stage and that under the
circumstances you would not be apt
to know about the private life of all
actors and actresses.'
"I looked' at Ruth in amazement
and horror and then I broke down
and wept. 'Ruth dear,' I exclaimed
when I could speak, 'I don't believe
I can stay in this company much
longer. I'm going to try to get some
thing else to do. I don't care for the
" 'Nonsense,' she remonstrated.
'Don't you know you are doing bet
ter on the stage than you could do