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THE SUN, SUNDAY. APRIL ?3. 1912.
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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.
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