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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
DOES A WOMAN ALWAYS DO THE WRONG THING?
Mollie and I studiously avoided any
mention of Mother Waverly, but I am
sure that back in fierinind was the
same thought that was rankling in
mine, "What will be done with
And when one asks that one must
add to it, "What will Mother Waver
She has been singularly reticent
about Mollie and her affairs, and al
though she made strenuous objec
tions to selling the bookshop to Mary
at such a small price, Dick at last
won her over.
Sbe has $6,000 for it and Chadwick
purchased the old house and its fur
nishings for $10,000 and gave the
home to "Mother Nora." This, if
properly invested, should give her
about $800 a year. '
Of course, she cannot live in the
hotel on this, so, little book, I am
going to tell Dick that we must add
another $400 a year to her income.
I know that he will think we should
have her with us, but I would rather
give any amount of money than have
her always about me.
Am I selfish to say that I will not
give up best years of my life to her?
I wonder, little book, if from what
I have said to you you have noticed
that the easiest thing in the world
to give is money. I think that many
American husbands have found this
out and so they give their wives more
than they can afford, simply to keep
them busy with other affairs so they
can be left alone to go about their
own business, to follow their own in
clinations. Although many a man will accuse
his wife of gross extravagance, yet
he will gladly give her $5 or $10 rath
er than go with her to some place he
knows is going to bore him.
And isn't it the case that most men
think they can salve over any hurt
by the tendering of money? It will
take many, many more years before
men will understand that the heart
hurts of wives cannot be made well
by a yellow-backed plaster, with a
numeral in the corner.
I heard Dick and a friend of his
talking the other evening about a
poker game at which both of them
had evidently been the night before.
"My wife was furious when I came
in," said Dick's friend, "and although
you know I lost $20, 1 had to tell her
I had won and that if she would cut
out the high strikes I'd divide with
her. So you see it cost me another
ten." They both laughed as though
peace and pleasure had been pur
chased cheaply at the price.
Little book, I wonder if it would
have been better if she had not tak
en the money? I am satisfied that
she did not in her own mind condone
his wrong doing, but it is very prob
able that she needed money because
the man was not one who could lose
$20 often without making a big hole
in his salary. And when a man
spends a lot of money on gambling
it is usually his wife that pays.
She may have thought that Johnny
needed shoes or that Mary's music
lessons were not paid for. But the
fact remains proven by what Dick's
friend told him, that her husband
found she could be bought and that
he had purchased her silence on the
subject for $10.
If she had not taken that money
would slie have been any better off?
He probably would have resented
her nagging about it and there would
have been a quarrel that would have
made them both more miserable than
the original trouble had done.
There is only one thirfg, little book,
I have learned thoroughly in my
years of married life and that is that
whatever a woman does in trying to
make up a quarrel with her husband
she will ever after wish she had
done the other thing.
(To Be Continued.)