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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
I HAVE STARTED QUITE A DISCUSSION
"Certainly not," said Dick, Jim, . age she confesses.
Pat and Harry in unison when I
asked if a woman should marry a
man younger than herself last night
"Who is going to marry a man
younger than herself?" asked Bill
"Mary," I said.
"For the love of Mike," said Dick,
"Who is she going to marry?"
"That boy" this was from Jim
"Have you anything against him
but his youth?" I asked.
"Nothing," answered Jim.
"But, but," stuttered Dick, "Mary
is at least eight years older than he."
"She is nine years older," I volun
teered. "Mary is 33, she writes me,
and Max 24."
"Is he the chap that was always
hanging about the bok shop?" asked
"Well," said Jim, "I should look
a little out before I married a woman
older than I."
"Why, Jim?" I asked. "Look over
the young women you know and tell
me how many of them interest you."
"Well, you and Donna and Eliene
interest me," affirmed Jim, and I
joined in the laugh against myself.
"I grant you that, but what is your
objection to a woman older than
"Women grow older faster than
men, and a man does not want to see
wrinkles in front of him at the break
fast" "I don't agree with you, Jim,"
spoke Eliene. "That is one of the
ideas that went out with our grand
mothers. "Today men grow old faster than
women. Look at us not one of us
looks her age I mean the way our
mothers looked at our age within
five years, and Margie over there,
with all her sickness and sorrow,
does not look within 10 years of the
On the other
hand, Bill here looks 10 years older
than he really is and 20 years older
than Donna, who is only five years
younger than he. I am sure Harry
looks older than I, although we are
the same age I am five days older
than he, to be exact"
"Jim is right about one thing,"
said Donna. "A man wants to look
into the face of youth."
"And he wants youth to look into
his face as though it was looking into
a mirror," confessed Bill.
"You see, Margie, a man hates to
get old just as badly as a woman, but
each goes to work to keep youth in
a different fashion. You women re-.
sort to all the feminine tricks of mas
sage and cosmetics. We look into
your bright eyes instead of the mir
ror and cheat ourselves into believ
ing we are as young as you look."
"Splendid, Bill," exclaimed Eliene,
"you probably will compliment your
pretty nurse on your deathbed, but
that does not settle the questions of
whether a woman should marry a
man younger than she. I, for my
part, thing she should if she is 35 or
over. After a man is 40 he begins to
settle down and grow selfish; at least
that is what I have found. Unless
he has some woman to watch him,
he grows careless about his person."
Jim and Pat began to fix their ties.
"I don't think age has anything to
do with it," I said.
"No," interrupted the irrepressible
Jim, "It's a gamble anyway; if you
put your money on the red you
wish you had staked it on the blue."
"But you haven't put your money
on any color," said Donna.
"I'm waiting for you, dear lady,"
said Jim, with a bow.
"Then you will marry a woman
older than you?" confessed Donna
It was good, little book, to once
more hear the light talk of the old