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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
THE WONDERFUL VIRTUE OF THE UNTEMPTED WOMAN
I have learned from the women
at Eliene's party that we are all alike
whether we have an income of a
hundred thousand "dollars a year, as
does Eliene, or whether we are liv
ing on the salary of a sergeant at
the police desk, as does Annie. We
have the same problems, the same
joys, the same sorrows.
And we think that ours is the
greatest, the gravest trouble, when
it is only the same old trouble that
is the canker spot of all mankind
mistakes and misunderstandings.
Before the men came I heard Mrs.
Smith and Mrs. Wilson, friends of
Mrs. Holmes, talking together.
Said Mrs. Smith, who is one of
those catty women who always think
the worst of any one: "I cannot un
derstand why Mary Jane Holmes
puts up with her husband. He is so
stuck on himself that he thinks he
has only to smile at a woman to
make her eat out of his hand and he
always has an affair on with some
"Well," said Mrs. Wilson, "the
women are just as bad. They are all
the while trying to flirt with him. He
never tried to flirt with me."
"I should say not Neither did he
try his arts on me."
I got around where I could see the
two women and smiled to myself.
Mrs. Smith was one of those vinegar
faced women with the thin-lipped,
drooping mouth that proclaims the
nagger, and Mrs. Wilson had a face
that looked as though it had been
carved out of a walnut Mrs. Holmes,
on the other hand, had a sweet face,
although it was a sad one. Evident
ly she had once been a beauty.
How I wanted to go over and tell
her not to give too much thought and
life to her husband. I could see her,
with her pretty hair curled about her
face and a stunning evening dress
on. looking better than any woman
in the room with the exception of
I almost think I will do it It will
give me something to think about be
side my own trouble and it would be
really worth while to make that big,
good-looking animal Bhe has married
get a glimmering of the fact that the
woman he calls wife is a prettier
woman than any of those upon
whom he bestows his lordly and
somewhat contemptuous attentions.
It's no wonder, little book, that we
women try to look our best and fran
tically attempt to ward off the signs
of age. Youth and beauty are the
only things about us that seem to
interest men, and men, no matter
what we say, are our greatest inter
est in life.
The other day when Dick and Jim
were talking I heard Jim say some
thing about a woman who "was the
best stenographer and private sec
retary in town," and Dick answered,
"But you simply cannot forigve a
woman for being as ugly as she is."
Another time I heard Dick remark
when another woman's name was
mentioned a woman who had been
more than usually successful in her
chosen profession: "Oh, you know
she 'gets by" on her personality, and
then she is so very good to look at"
At the time he made me very angry,
but I guess after all he is right
"I'm going to take Eliene into my
confidence and between us we will
make that Mr. Holmes wake up a lit
tle" was my thought as I listened to
the gossip of those two jealous wom
en. And the strange part of the
whole thing was the fact, which
you could discover without half try
ing, that they were jealous because
Holmes had not tried to flirt with
Oh, little book, little book, I get
so tired of the much-vaunted virtue
of the untempted woman.
.(To Be Continued.)