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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
I'D RATHER QUARREL THAN STAGNATE CONFESSION 175
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper
I had a command over the tele
phone this morning to visit my mother-in-law.
"I cannot come until late this after
noon, unless it is something of -great
importance. Are you or Mollie ill?"
"No; I want to talk ovei Mary and
Jack with you," said Mrs. Waverly,
"Don't you think you had better
speak what is in your mind to them?
I hate to "butt in,' as Jack would say,
unless it is something that I can do
to help them."
"Well, I think they are crazy to go
to housekeeping and I know that
Jack will not get along with his Aunt
Mary for long."
"Now, look here, Mother Waverly,"
I interrupted. "You are not going to
drag me into any of Jack's and
Mary's affairs. When people marry
they must have the say about their
own lives and way of living. Per
sonally I would be very happy indeed
if Aunt Mary had offered to come and
live with Dick and me, but that is all
I shall say about it"
"Come over to dinner and bring
Dick,'; was Mother Waverly's last
Dick did not want to go a bit.
"Well only 'chew the rag' and it
won't amount to anything," he said
when I told him I had promised his
mother to come over for dinner.
When we got over there we found
that Mollie had gone out with some
friends and so dear old Dad Waverly,
Mother, Dick and I dined alone.
Poor bid Dad is looking very old
and ill and he ate hardly anything
but of the dinner served one who had
perfect health could eat little. . I am
sure Dick will never beg. me to give
him some of "the things motner ased
to make" wnen we have a home of
It seems that Dad has only told
Mother as much as he thought neces
sary about Jack, and Mother, not
knowing of Jack's foolishness, is full
of the notion that Aunt Mary's pres
ence with the1 young people will
naturally curb their youthful good
"Why," exclaimed Mother Waver
ly, "I would not think of having them
here with even Mollie for company!"
Now, of course, Mother Waverly is
lying to herself as to her motives.
Of course she would not have them
with her, but it is not for their sakes
but for her own. She is too selfish
to put herself out for anyone, even
poor old Dad who sat at the head of
the table last-evening, and tried to eat
tough chicken, burned potatoes un
salted, watery stewed tomatoes and
ice cream that had been brought in
from the neighboring delicatessen
and was in a melting state.
Mother Waverly is one of those un
comfortable housekeepers who insist
that their houses shall be in perfect
order; who will not let you move a
chair out of its place, even if you
can not see to read from its awkward
Such women are never good cooks.
To cook well a woman must have a
certain suave sense of the fitness of
things. I have never in my life and
I have boarded many places found
a woman who was one of those un
comfortably orderly persons called
"good housekeepers" who cook good,
or even a pleasant person to live with.
Dick put a stop to Mother's nag
ging by saying: "My dear Mother!
I cannot see what you have to find
fault about. If Aunt Mary wants to
support Jack and Mary (and that is
what ilving in an apartment will vir
tually mean) , why, I should think you
would be the last to have 'anything
to say about it."
"Jack can certainly support his
i wife-," said Dick's mother stiffly. .
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