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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
LAUGH AT THREATS AND SEE THEIR EMPTINESS
"Worry falls off youth, Margie,"
said Paula, "like the proverbial wa
ter off a duck's back. If it were not
that I had been given two weeks' no
tice and was not quite sure when or
where I would find another position
I presume I would not sleep nights,
but then it did not fret me at all.
"Most of all I was happy because
I found out what I had not been sure
of before I could act that big love
scene with a man I hated. But I took
particular pains to put my heart and
soul in it just to spite Earnest Law
ton, and it did spite him, for one
night he sa'id to me, 'You little devil,
I don't believe you ever cared for me.'
"I merely smiled at him, for I still
held to my resolution of not speak
ing to him except when it was abso
"He was determined, however, to
exasperate me into some admission,
and almost nightly he made some re
mark to me during the big scene
when for a moment he stood with his
face partly turned from the audience.
One night he came on livid with an
ger and almost walked through his
part When he got a chance he said:
'So Seeth was going to throw me
down and make a start with you?'
"I did not answer.
" 'I suppose you think you are very
magnanimous in letting me continue
to play, giving me back to my wife
and child, as it were, and all that
"Still I ignored him, keeping on
with my part.
" 'You will probably make me
strike you,' he whispered, 'before you
get away. You are the most infuri
ating little devil I ever encountered.'
He followed me to my dressing room
after the act and asked again, 'Did
Seeth say if you would stay he would
cancel with me?'
" "You must ask him,' I replied.
" 'He told me when I insisted upon
having you engaged that I would re
gret it, but I hardly thought you
would tie upwith him.'
"This made me speak. 'I have not
tied up with him,' I said, 'and I want
you to know I am leaving the stage
when I leave this company one week
" 'Oh, so you are going to marry
" 'I am not, but I have grown so
tired of all the intrigue of sex which
seems to be the obsession of every
one connected with the theater that
I am going to try to earn my living
at something else.'
" 'You will not find it any different
wherever you go where men and
women work together.'
" 'I can at least find out for my
self whether you are for once speak
ing the truth or whether you are ly
ing as usuaL'
"Margie, that, I know, was an in
sult, but like all women I had learned
that my only weapon against the
brute strength and stubbornness of
men was tongue. Earnest Lawton
came to me menacingly, but I faced
him squarely and did not draw back
What he might have done I do not
know, for just at that moment a
childish voice called, 'Daddy! Daddy!'
and Earnestine pushed open the
" 'Oh,' she exclaimed disappointed
ly, 'Is you pitty yaidy doin' to take
my daddy back? I fought you dived
him to me?'
" 'I did, dear I did,' I said with a
laugh, 'if you can give away some
thing you never had and can never
by any possibility want Take your
precious daddy, child, and keep him
" 'Fank you,' said that darling ba
by with a sigh of relief, and Earnest
Lawton looked at me with an ex
pression of triumph as he lifted her
in his arms and strode out of the
" 'See that you keep faith with