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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
MOLLIE IS A HEADSTRONG GIRL
(Copyright, 1915, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
As I was preparing for bed, Dick
came in. -.
"How are you, oldgirl?" he ex
claimed. "Did you miss your hubby?"
"I wonder that you can ask me
that question, Dick, when you went
out of town and did not tell me you
were going, and now walk in just as
though you had not left the house
after breakfast this morning."
"Blasted nuisance having to tell
any one where you are going forgot
all about it. How did you know I
was out of town?"
"Mr. Selwin told me."
"Oh, he did, did he? Suppose you
told him I had gone away without
telling you anything about it"
"No, I still have some pride. I did
not want any one to know that you
would do such a cruelly thoughtless
"Well, I can't be blamed when I
forget, can I? Jim says Molly is go
ing to marry that piano-playing Hat
ton. My advice to her is to get a big
slice of his money as soon as possi
ble, for I look to see him decamp with
some other woman before he has
been married five years. But you
can't do anything with Mollie. She
is a headstrong girl. She'll have her
own way in spite of the devil and
you almost always encourage her in
it Mollie is a headstrong girl."
I looked at him closely for the first
time when he came in he had not
offered to kiss me. My suspicions
were true. He had been drinking. I
did not say anything but quietly went
on undressing. This seemed to irri-,
"I said Mollie is a headstrong girl,"
"I heard you."
"Well, why don't you say some
thing when I say Mollie is a head
"What shall I say?"
"Anything you d please as long
as you let me know that you hear me
say Mollie is a headstrong girl."
"Let's not talk any more, Dick. I
am rather tired tonight I have had
a hard day."
"Yes, of course you have. You
women don't know what a hard day
means," said Dick with a drunken
chuckle. "A hard day been chew
ing the rag with mother I suppose. I
expect now that Mollie is going to
marry that piano-playing simp we'll
have to have the old lady with us."
I did not say anything, but I tell
you, little book, that there is one
thing I will not do for Richard Wa
verly nor any one else. I will not liv&
with Richard Waverly's mother.
"Why don't you say something?"
"I have nothing to say, now."
"Well, Mollie will probably go
ahead and arrange this thing to her
satisfaction and then by the living
jackknife I'll kick it all over. Mollie
is a headstrong girl."
It is one of Dick's characteristics
when he is "full" to get an idea in his,
head and keep repeating it over and
over and at that time his favorite
swear words are "by the living jack
knife." He also shows his mother's
stubbornness at those times and his
determination to go against anything'
that Mollie may suggest is exactly,
what will be the first incluination oft
his mother, also.
"Mollie is a headstrong girl," he re
iterated, "and if she will marry a
piano-player she must take the con
sequences. If she had married Jim
we probably, between us, could have
made something of a woman of her,
but ni not raise a finger to help that,
piano-player, for he must know that
Mollie is a headstrong girl. He is go-,
ing to marry her with his eyes open)
and he must take the consequences.,
"Silly thing, this getting married,.
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