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vva A ERF! BY COLLETTE YVER TAMSLTEDorANIG)RE'TOIG)ON COPYRIGHT 19)2 BY ANDJ?l?TRIDON I. S she stepped out of the court room, hor portfolio under her nrm, it slender figure under the nmpln fold of hor legal a long tremor, os thoiish she were onco more fooling Iho Insult Tim stranger any consideration of friendship,' ho said. "Ho felt, thon, that Jio was arousing tho self-conceit which ho had cultivated in me, which ho had fluttered and wor shipped. I felt Indignant at being given orders In that tone, it was tho first time I was ordered about and It really was too humiliating. What? A woman of my type, his equal In every respect, to have to submit liko a llttlo bourgeois.) to tho She had a little flat opening on a hack yard which Rood Mmo. Odelin declared every tltno slin mmo to goo hor daughter terribly plolwlan. M. Odelln. however. had Just !een placed on tho retired list I unavoidable a rupture has Itoii removed her hand, her eves shone, very ' Iron rule of marital authority? deep, very darlt, with a feverish Urn. "I know, Mademoiselle, you may remark "May I ask you to tell mo your name?" that such Is thettaw. 'I ho law was inado the lawyer asked very softly. for the masses, not f...1 ieoplo liko our- "Oh, indeed! I don't know how to go selves; I do not hesitato to Hay that my bus- about it. lint you Fee, I had to make you hand and mvsolf rank with tho oxcop- understand how serious my rase was; how lional Nothing was moro painful to me eho was approached by a well 1 n,lt' "le student's monthly allowance ,'r"J woman wno naa neon waning tor her. Mile Marguerite Odelln?" Yes, tlint is my name." i .mid 1 have a fow mlrutes talk with you mademoiselle?" 'I h lawyer, a llttlo tired and pale after h.-r plea to tho jury in behalf of a young rui charged with larceny, blushed a little I am nl your service; shall we talk hcie or go and sit down in the lobby?" I'd rather go to your home." Mile exchanging these word tho two women were eyeing each other with a ... rode, curiosity. Mile. Odelln was a frn-"ful bloiid.1 cf :9 with.enough youth-, ""ney. a iouis ane naa tried to my aside was a heavy burden for her family, accus tomed to the llfo of dlgnlfled and proud destitution which Is tho lot of tho French functionary. In her working girl's lodgings Mar guerite lunched on a chop, dined on a soft boiled egg and studied law liooks In lietween. She never missed a course, worked like two and wore gowns she made herself evenings. In spite of this exist ence, which many a woman would have found unbearable, she kept up appear amies so well that moro than once boiiio fellow student, some half starved ltusslnn girl, convinced of her prosperity, came on the first of the month to borrow her rent "My husband's immo was Monsieur de Kavy We had been married live years Wo loved each other so much No words can express It You will soon marry than to see tho unexpected lapse which placed in. husband amoig the common place. "I shuddered when I heard htm utter ids commands I loved him still; in) she had never appeared In a divorce case. Her austere, middlo class bringing up, based on many conventionalities, made, her consider it a sort of sacrllego to employ her talent In breaking up a homo. She felt a fleeting scruplo which even long familiarity with tho legal point of view would never succeed in stifling in her. She asked: her husband. Now and then she spoke a word, made a remark, and tho word was so fitting, tho remark so original, that I.achollcr finally wondered whether it wasn't going to bo Interesting nfter all to nrgtlo a caso in court with this llttlo col league of his. After finding out what slid wanted to know, she promptly rose, shook hands "Aro you absolutely sure, Mme.de Savy, I with him and disappeared in tho locker that voii v never recret your decision? , room Mme. do Savy smiled. "Itegret It? Why should I regret It? What a delight it would bo to work under sucli conditions! To work gloriously on I have no children and therefore my casu ,a splendid case, to see all her dreams Is extremely simple. Everybody in my family has tried to effect n reconciliation. It has been a regular conspiracy. I have been Withered dreadfully, Now what I need is nil ally who will actually side with me against that man. Tell mo, will you take up my case? coming t'o realization; she hnd neve ex pected such luck, She was simply carried away by her work. Sho was blissfully outlining tho main thomo of her address to tho jury. Her nights were often sloeptess but full of Inspiration, It was a happiness such as Mile. Odelln hesitated no longer. 8he , sho never had experienced before. And miiybe. Mile. Odelln. and then you will auVctlon for him would have mado me ac- only asked for u llttlo moro Information. I sho enjoyed It nil very naively. She .. . . - . ..... .. . a , . . an. l . . . I 1- . ,t. .!..... ........ H t.ll.l- reallze what it means for a young woman cpt that sucrit'.co if he only had asked to hao a husband who Is handsome, who is a superior man. No, words cannot express that. "You must know that our happiness was something unusual: we thought that life of ours was so unique; wo were so proud of it; we looked down xltb pily on the love of other married couple; Mon for It instead of demanding It. Unfor Innately his manly llerceness carried him away. I told him I refused to glvo up this perfectly honest and beautiful friend ship " "How long ago did this happen?" the lawyer ssked "It wna exactly one year ago, Mon- Was the husband, for Instance, likely to , announced It to tho dear ones in a child- bring In the course of the trial anv definite likelletter: "Dear parents: I am simply charge against her? The young woman going to necomo famous. sieur de Savy was so Infinitely clover, so sieur.de Savy carried out his throats. He protested. No, never, not even In his worst llts of temper, hud M. de Savy ex pressed any suspicion. Her refusal to let her personality bo merged with his had been tho only cause of discord. After leaving her luii-lmnd sho had, however, out of an obscure sense of modesty or fulness and shyness to preserve. In spite ef '.ier Intellectual strength and her de cided nir, a certain girlish charm. the other woman seemed to he about IV). She looked extremely fashionable in hor ling coat of black broadcloth; in the shadow of her largo hat and through her it.irlt veil one could distinguish a passion n face and beautiful eyes ardent and t'agie I li-y kept walking for a few seconds olang the roomy white vestibule, thon sud denly both stopped. The windows opened on the apse of tho Sainte Chapello with Its pure lines, its soaring buttresses, its dar pinnacles. The stranger, who seemed to lie very greatly disturbed, fastened her Stance on the lawyer and said: Y mi ha ii great talent . " oh! Why'" tho young woman mur mured with the secret enjoyment of tho inmlfft in leceiviug a compliment. " You certainly have. For several weeks I hove a" inded court very frequently In el dT t hear some women lawyers argu ing cases. It wus by mere chance that I attended the trial at which you spoke, oii did it with so much simplicity, you put so much heart into it, that 1 was deeply impressed. " "What did 1 say?" asked Mile. Odelin nh genuine surprise. "Mademoiselle," tho stranger said, "I am going to have a very important suit at court." ' They wero walking briskly now along I he hiills leading to tho locker rooms. I hey met many lawyers on their way t the various courts: all of them greeted Mile. Odelm courteously but with a certain ib-ent minded look, as though they affected to see only her pleasing face and to t ami t! the court gown she wore. I .mi going to suo for a divorce, the stronger continued in a decidedly ram olm wuy. "1 fi-cl so abandoned, thrown ipon myself ns 1 am. A man lawyer could only-civu mo cold legal advice. The sympathy you have inspired in mo gave the idea, 1 might say compelled mo, uddress myself to you; I have been for a week unable to make up my mind and o select an attorney from tho list which , nas been presented to me." "You are very kind," Mademoiscllo lldelui answered, while changing her , clothes in tile locker room whicli she shared with two other young barristers (ho then appeared in a very plain gown if blue serge, pinned u sailor hat on tho heavy wavs of her blond hair, drew on I white woollen gloves and announced" that i.ie was reudy to go. "Wheredoyou llve?abked tho stranger. taking nervously the lawyer's nrm, as I though in her perturbed state of mind she felt fascinated hy this intellectual young womau. Ouce moro Marguerito Odelin blushed when answering: Hue Saint Jacques. You won't mind riunbing five flights of stairs?" It was one of those winter days when Paris is all dry and bleak, when, boon from th tops of tho buses, the people on tho sti eet givo ono the impression of swann ,ng black ants, bustling about on the greyish asphalt. Tho two women walked silently along the Quai des Orfevres, then i ross.l tho l'etit I'ont and reached the l-itin quarter. They were studying each other with tho fuint trepidation and tho cunoiuty customary to women when they are thrown together unexpectedly. II. Marguerite Odelin lived on the top floor of a now apartment house in tho ancient Hue St Jacques. She had four tiny rooms, which, with their modebt, plain furniture, jr.kf-d liko tho rooms in a doll's house. I his strong willed girl, however, filled with animation those unattractive, almost sordid surroundings. Six years before sho had come to Paris armed with an almost virile strength to conquer her right to livo. Her life had Leon the life which awaits overy young woman of good fumily who comes to tho (iipital without moans. Her father, a collecto'r of taxes in a provincial town, had, thanks to his mas terly management of his resources, buo- ded in giving his four children a solid siucation. Tho two boya had become, me u chemist, tho other un architect, inn third child, a very boautlful girl,. Was i ing private tutoring. Marguerite was U ' youngest. Sho dreamed of earning a livelihood in a better way thun by com I ting with her sister in tho tutoring field. she w.-n at 10 ft sensible, long headed .,it pemon. The fact that her very uid-onio sUter had been entirely Ignored i y nory eligible young man had taught her how llttlo hope a pennile.s girl must ' nid on matrimonial possibilities. Oli- i. v appeared to her a rather dull pros- ei i, but she wus fully decided, however, ' . make tho best of it. She also came to - conclusion that a woman whom men . disdained might justly compete with ' em in tho very careors they generally i: r pollze, had a singularly clear mind and i .1 Hlways derived a oertaln enjoyment t 'in solving many or the minor problems . ' 'lie W en sho was barely 15 Morguerite id often settle with a word littlo ' i.'t versics between her paronts and a ' . le-m.ui or a landlord or a servant. at d which was never paid back At last she was admitted to the bar. refined intellectually I was aware of managed to hurt our friend's feelings; I exaggerated scruples, always refused to my own worth, and I was glad hr too was they had nn unpleasant discussion, after receive tho Karon. It was agreed that .Mile ucleltn would the next day tnko poseslon of all tlvj I rend a good deal, I am very much Inter-! beaten; but only apparently. My hiis- .documonts In the case. At tho door tho aware of it I nm very fond of intellectual things, which tho Itaron couldn't very woll call on mo any more. I was apparently And after Mine. Itosalio had left, when sho found herself alono In her four rooms, without unybody to congratulate her to her heart's desire, she caught In her arms her gray cat, a nlco animal with velvety paws, she hugged her to her breast with a child's playful glee, and she whispered ' Int.. fl,,i aft- "Y'ou know, kitten, success has come. We aro going to lie vory rich, Pussy; I have arrived." To go down to the court house now was "ARE YOU ABSOLUTELY SURE, MUS. DE SAVY, TiUT YOU WILL NEVER REGRET YOUR DECISION?" It was a great occasion; papa and mamma were in attendance. When they saw their daughter draped in her impressive legal gown, with a becoming lawyer's cap on her blond braids, they shed a lifting number of tears and thought to them selves: Her sister, who just thon was deriving a little competence from her humble pedagogical efforts, displayed tho tender solidarity characteristic of largo families which wealth hasn't spoiled. Sho rented and furnished for her the little flat in tho Hue St. Jacques. In thin ridiculous office with its slllv bamboo furnituroMarguerlts came to know every one of life's hard ships. Not that she over lost courage; but bIio somehow settled down mentally and gave up much of hor youthful optimism. No one tooK nonce 01 ner. one nerseu rcai lied clearly her own unimportance; sho entertained but slim hopes of success. The biggest case sho had tried thus far was her janitor's and she had received a fifty frano note for it. Once upon a time, all enraptured with this wonderful legal profession, she had scorned tho thought of teaching; she now looked eagerly for pupils and managed to give lessons In law too few society girU. It enabled her to shift along without tho family allowance, and this roally gavo her the first joy she had derived from her career. At times, when trying in court tho caso of some wayward girl, her heart, hungering for tenderness, would jump wildly; sho could hardly help dressing or kissing the unworthy young wretch ested In scientific progress and, without being pedantic, l could talk with my hus band about everything Nothing gave mo more gra Moat ion than to hear him say to other men: 'My wife is wonder fully well informed," even if I knew it wasn't quite true." While talking Mme de Savv gradually grew moro composed Mile Odelin watched her eagerly, it was inipo-sible to remain indifferent before such n woman It was impossible to see her without sym pathizing with her. without admiring tho unusual fascination grief imparted to her, without experiencing a sort of affection at llrst sight, however incon gruous this combination of words may Bound. After a pause, sho continued 'To you who are such an expert in mak ing a point, my Btory must sound silly and rambling. I'.ut I owe it to you to t"ll you the whole truth. You know now how wonderful our love was. It was a joy for us to be together. Wo were quite sufllclent to each other. 'I ho society of superior men, however, has always ap pealed to me "A friend of ours, whom 1 shall call the Ilaron, who is eighteen yenri older than I and whom I have known since I was a child, inspired in me, ow lug to his remark able mind, a great ad mi ration; 1 derived keen pleasure from his company. Ho ulso seemed to enjoy mine. He isdovotin himself entirely to pclentlllu research. Wo used to havo long talks. "My husband became awaie of this friendshlpand took offence at it. It of fended him by hurting precisely Hint band's behavior appeared odious to me and sis'ined to preclude any further ex pression of affection between us, "The grudgo I bore against him de- two women kissel. They wero friends. '1 he young lawyer wai now pTvado.l with a curious sense of impart'ince. She hud become the protecting angel of that weak stroyed in me -von the aflectionate habits and haughty woman. She was somebody t And now. lust think! u woman whoso nnnrnranoo suircostod all tho luxuries , subtle prido which mado him believe that Parisian life ofTors, had cllmbod flvo flights , lie was my idol, Ho suffered in silence lit of Htlrs to eek tho help of her talent. i first so that the Ilaron nnd 1 continued to Mile. Odelin had Invitod the stronger see each other without luny thought of to sit In tho bamboo armchair with tho i harm, Monsieur de Savy usually took frail grasshopper logs; tho stranger lifted part in our conversations; by anil by he her veil, smllod. u littlo Helf-conscioii', contented himself with being, so to speak, then encouraged by tho kind expression a mere spectator " in tho young woman's oyos began: I Mine, de Savy's thoughts seemed to "Yes, I am going to buo for a dlvorco. I dwell for a short while on the memory of It me tell you my Btory. It Is vory j past incidents, atrango. Onco I couldn't ovon imagine . "('an it be," she continued, "that a deep what it meant to bo unhappy. Oh, my Oodl ' friendship between a niin and a woman I know now what It mains. Tho worst, always Implies love.' I don't believe It. tho worst thing of all has happened to ! At any rate I swt ur to 3'ou that neither in 1 .uslv enough sho nlways seemed to 1 me. ' ' " "')'" '" '" '. -lit' Following, therefore, her natu- She covered her eyes with her Blender, the shidow of sue a leding Mv hus "1. 1... ,i....i,i,i . iii,!v Uw. ui.l-1ov.h1 hands. band, howev. r. thought otheiwiso, but ' ' lllir.iiwit ni.M -i -. ,1.1 ,,r ihorto nrovineial "A woman like me, she ss wlir.ro pupils are conscientiously incoherently, "I havo been ill troated u nil kinds of knowledge she won brutally treated. He raised his hand It A egri, legislered at the local against me." i rh Mil and finally after many tearful ( Marguerite, who was watching her i mine to Paris, wheie she prepared .coolly although she was beginning to ,.11 .., i .I.,... . an allow- takeanardent interest mthonarrative, saw " f ') franca a month. I the handsome woman's body tJiukeu by j happincwi i.. 111010 important to inc. than murmured .when lie made a remark to me about it ' 1 treated the v holt, thing as a joke. ' "'We must c, ,se to receive the Huron,' I h" declared abrupt v "I answered that such a thing was impossible. Wn must break with him; mv married born of several year. of loving association He suffered; I exulted. I met the I'.aron at my mother's house and made it clear to him that I was not n party to that ridicu lous quarrel, After that I saw him jut as frequently ns In the past This thing went on during the spring. "In June M. de Savy found out what I had been keeping from him. Ho had a terrible fit of anger In which he humiliated 1110 by rather cutting words. I had got tins butt, t of him, ami to him it was tho unpardonable sin A love like ours, whoso quality was so subtle, could not very well weather tills vilo outbreak. Tho more M. de Savy debased me with his insults the more I clung to my outraged pride, tho more I revolted. "'You might,' I said to him, 'give moro credit to my honesty and respect my free dom. Whatever may happen 1 shall not yield." "'"ou shall yield,' he said. "For tho first lime his fingers crus-hed my wrists. Ho no longer loved me; lovo is tender; at that moment ho felt nothing but hatred, I bore tho brutal treatment without letting a tear rise to my oyo. "I don't know why we didn't sep.-ir.ito immediately. Marriago is such a pu7.7.1ing thing; its chains aro so formidable that even tlioso whom they crush to death do not al ways think of breaking them. And then we suffered for six months. "Occasionally I would meet the Huron at my mother's house. Wo spoke, of tho latest scientific discoveries, wo spoke of everything except of tho torture I was undergoing in my own home. " No, you will never break me,' I boldly told M ile Havy on ono occasion. "And then ho struck mo In tho face." "Were I hero any witnesses?" Mile. Ode lln asked, "No, but my husband is tho kind of man that would simply own up to it in court. 1 left him nnd went to my mother's, A month after I decided to suo for divorce. Will you be my attorney?" Mile, Odelin closed her eyes. "The" case at last, tho unexpected, the marvellous case, personitiixl by tills fashionable woman. In the space of a second she isunlizcd all the aspects of her Midden "lly Jove! Mil-. Odelin'" exclaimed I-'tchellrr, the husband's attorney, when adelight for her, She used to hate ques tions about her work, for her everlasting answer was: "I am pleading for a minor." Now, on the contrary, she welcomed inquiries. For she could answer with nn air of importance "I have been retained they met three days later in tho Due ' in the case Savv vs. Savy." gallery to exchange some documents. The preddent of the liar Association "Y'ou don't do things half way. Such u congratulated her warmly and the great divorce case for astart! Do you know that ceilings of the court house, which had ol- is luck?" ' ways looked hostllo to her. now seemed to Marguerite's eyes sparkled with joy. stretch above Iter head their Doric arches She made 110 effort to conceal her d"cp In a kindly, protecting manner She gratification. Shu answered maliciously: really belonged there; she w,-s going to "'es, that is luck: moro luck than I make her mark there Her lather de- deserve, you mean?" "1 mean nothing of tho kind 011 havo an excellent, mind and a good deal of perseverance. Kvcrybody around tho court house is following your career with much interest. Only you are so young' and this is euch a big caso. To speak frankly, 1 consider thi quite a windfall for myself, nnd still I am an old hand at It." tiared that he would come to attend the trial and several friends from the prov inces wroto that they would also take a trip to Paris for the occasion In the meanwhile she was becoming more intimately acquainted with her c lient who called almost every day nt the Hue St Jacques. Tho young lawyer's life was teaching that poor woman nn ob- "Oh! Wait until they make a Judge out ject lesson in energy. Sho was learning of you; then you can call yourself an old hand, Indeed ho wasn't such an old hand: he wasn't quite 40, but lie had had a great many cases, and tho legal business .or several Industrial firms brought him quite nn income, Handsome and athletic, sure of himself, ho felt a little worried over that slender young woman who was to argue with him in court; in obedience to the unwritten law of the bar he had al ways alfectcd to ignore wo en lawyers from Mile. Odelin tho art of bearing many burdens without allowing onoself to bo crushed by them. She onco said to her affectionately: "With all my heart I am making this wish for you. May you never know love, rather than to know the disappointments I have met with," To this Marguerite answered: "Heart hunger Is terrible at times," "Don't you think I know?" and Mme, de Savy uttered a sigh, The courageous light this girl had waged, 1 As their intimacy grew Marguerite tho many dlsappointmentH sho had borne experienced sometliinr; altin to a personal proudly, wero no Bivret to him, Mies Odelin was no generally respected and esteemed that he secretly rejoiced over her piece of good luck, "We'll havo to put a lot of work into this case." Iv I'ald with a slightly patronizing touch, "Y'es, 1 v i 1 1 have to," she answered cheerfully, too clever not to take t lio hint ; "were It only to ! worthy of my tpt -nent." They had seated themselves on a bench in the hall facing llielojker roo;n,whovi door wus continually openinl and s.'r.K by numberless lawyers, lichclier glanced at Marguerite; he found her charming with her clever smile, the graceful oval of ner la her witty eyes, "I am very proud of having you as my dit-h iiilo fame; Hie trial slowly deviiopini: 111 the ;ilt splendor ol iho J.rst ourt, oponent, he added quicltl) . lliepiestigeshewouldncipiirethe, enviable She didn't seem toatta 1 much Impi,--cons crntion of her tal.-nt; the conquest lance to this it'iite.ni'in niii she 10,1k out. of the public; ease .it last , tho exultation of the portfolio lie proffered to her a of vielory won ovei late, I bundle of letters which she glanced over And ulill a Hii ange fcellni; disturbed her; They wero latter from Mine, do Savy to j resentment against tho husband, Sho called upon his head all tho punishment which law provides. She, usually so kind, was eager to flout him before the court. The moro she c.ired for her client the more she revolt! at. the thought of tho indignities sli had had to sulfer Sometimes, Mine, do Savy would take her to hsr inotli-r's house. In thU luxurious hothouse environment, amid this uristocratlu comfort, rare flowers, ditiu;.iii'i!i"i perfumes, she fairly bloomed -s'.i'i Ikvuiw a little princess of the intelle.-t .Sometime there wnr-i callers. Mint, do Savy's liwyor then led the eoavorsiUoi, Those f.i'eilnn.iblo women examined her curiously, waiting eagerly for .1 word from Iff ni'i'ith Wh-u a!r sp-iVi every oic listciie I M.i ilbound Her witty cheer fuliie,id'!ighto I HvjeliK- p.viple. Kvory di s'a no iulre.1 ti'w friends, What an assemblage tlr'ro would be to hear her on the day ween th' ease of the lady of lh house would lc e.ile I in court Now and then she had a feeling that oertaln women would liko to consult her, to entrust her with their interests, only such a stop must have seemed to thorn a llttlo premature. They wished first to seo hor at work. They wero waiting for her to step tip to tho bar. On hor way to tho littlo flat she was now in the habit of stopping before some gor geous show windows anil of selecting mentally certain pieces of furniture which would flguro In hor future household. In her night dreams she received clients In a Louis XVI. office which was a marvel of good tost" One evening in March ns she was poring over her Dallo. looking up precedents in dlvorco cases tho bell rang. She hastened to scratch a match and to relight tho gas In tho little hall which sho usually turned off for economy's sake. A second ring of tho boll. Could It bo a client, so latoatnlght? Her heart began thumping She opened the door. A man of distinctly refined appearance asked for Mllo. Odelln. "That is my namo, Monsieur." She led him to tho llttlo reception room with tho bamboo furniture where on the well worn mat between the lamp and the flro tho lazy cat was stretching hercelf. Marguerite had a piesontlment of luck nd felt all elated, Sho tried very hard to assume the expression of gravity that befits old Jurists, but her joy was so keen that sho smiled broadly while offering to hor visitor tho armchair with tho grass hopper legs. Then she sat down at her narrow desk, her elbows on the green oaize, ana waited in a dignified attitude. l'or one or two seconds the stransar remained silent as If he were surprised at finding himself face to face with thla young woman. He was about 35 Tear old: he had a high forehead, restless eyes, deep and ardent. Although evidently a mnn of the world he betrayed a certain embarrassment. Mile. Odelln." ho finally said, with a low voice. "I am M. de Savr." Mile. Odelln didn't answor at onoe. hut bhrank back a little and let her arms drop along tho folds of her skirt. He went on: "It may be that I am not doine tha proper thing In calling on you. Onoe 1 might have criticised severely anyona taking such a step. You havo been re tained, Mademoiselle, by Mme. de Savy. who is still nnd whom I still Insist on calling my wifo. In legal parlance I am designated rather pitilessly as the de fendant. "I should not have come perhaps. A man lawyor might, In deferenco to certain legal ethics, have 6hut tho door in my face. But I must speak to you, Mllo. Odelln; I must havo a talk with my wife's attorney. Still I do not wont to take. advantage of your surprise or of your kindness. Do you wish mo to loavo this room without saying another word?" Mile. Odelin found herself In a painful predlcamont. Tho flguro of her client, now hor x-ery doar friend, outlined itself before hor. It was this man who had abused her. rovilod her. inflicted upon her tho tangible insult of n blow, brutally, shamefully. All her resentment flamed up. She answered x-ery coldly: "Will you kindly tell mu what the object of your visit is? I will Ixj nhle to tell you then whether from a legal point of xiow it is propor for mo to receive you." "Mademoiselle," M. do Savy exclaimed, "never mind about legal ethics; It is to tho woman in you that I address myself. l)t not lend your nssistanco to my wifo in securing a divorce. Y'ou are holding In your hands our marriago ties, which just at present aro very weak, very loose; do not sever them. I cannot admit tint a Judge could separate us fronicieh other." Howas visiblyexhausted. II j continued with an effort: "I still love my wife." "If such are your feelings toward Mmo. de Sivy," Margtierito remarked se-erely, "how could you treat her so brutally? How can you ex(ect her to forget certain facts which you do not seein to lemem bjr?" He remained Bilent. Marguerite after a few seconds insisted: "Life in common, my dear sir, is no longer possible for you and my client. Ia tho happiness for which you still wm to bo hoping compatible with tho remem brance of certain scenes, of certain nets?" Sho was growing very bold, sitting in judgment over him enjoying the discom fiture of this tyrant who had bo long taken adx'antnge of his own strength. Ho didn't offer any answer. Mile. Odelin stopped and looked at him; two tears were stealthily rolling down his cheeks nnd his glance, resting on the lawyer's face, express d bo much anguish and sorrow that tho young woman re lented. Finally ho spoko: "I, havo nothing to say. The things you aro recalling to mo aro too painful to bo forgotten for ono instant. Oh! I hnx-en't humiliated any ono but myself; may sho realize that. My brutality could never lessen the nobility of her character, whereas I feel now as though I hail lost whatever manliness I overbad. "I am a very wretched man, Mademoi selle, and I shouldn't presume, realizing my sins as I do, to try and escape their consequences. What I Jia-o had to en dure, howover, is beyond my strength. I am no longer worthy or my wiro but 1 cannot live without her." Ho stared vacantly for a little while and the shadow of a painful remembrance seemed to darken his expression. "There is in n man's blood a fire of vio lence which his life mate may never under stand. Nex-er havo I misunderstood my wifo's feelings. Nox-er havo I ceased to admire herosn mot taccomplished woman lifted far above the clanger of common temptations. "Why. then, you might ask me, should I have taken offence at the attentions of man who deserved my perfect esteem? Because, Mademoiselle, our marriago bonds xvere not merely tho customary hunvin bonds, but tho moro mysterious bonds of the intellect. "Our minds xvoro enamored of eaoli other. I loved my wife's beautiful and puro mind nnd my mind was ceaselessly striving to please hers. 1 kindled n flro under that beautiful brow and I fed it with my own fuel. 1 could vow that whatever idea she expressed hIio had originally received it from m- though unconsciously I could not tell you what pride 1 felt over such 11 relate..,. The influonco I lixertod over her en nobled mo by adding to my worth th- xvortli of such a wife, "One day I noticed in her. so to speaK, a strange imprint. Another mind whJoh was in every respeot superior to mine was fascinating her. Our conversations used to cover a very wide range, in fact we wero interested in almost every vital thing of th clay; now my wife's mind secm-cl to applv itself to bcieuliflu questions ex clusively. "That mind, assoftas wax, was yielding to another influence, to til" presliiro of Con tin iM on Vighth i'iM. En