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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 20, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 14

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"How much she has changed for
the worse since she married,"
friends say of the dowdy wife and
sloppy housekeeper
And they lay the change to the
drudgery of housework, or her hus-
band's small salary, or maternity,
when all the time the woman has
just slumped and is at last revealing
hec-own true self.
In this unbecoming role many a
man discovers a new woman, who is
quite a stranger, occupying the place
of the neat and pretty girl he took to
' ife.
Often it is as though a girl had put
forth the one great effort of her life
to catch a husband and had no more
ambition or energy left with which
to make herself an attractive chum
and smart little business partner.
But as a changeling a wife may
astonish her husband in quite anoth
er way.
Woman often reveals her rarest
charms only when she is severely
tested. Matrimony is such a trial.
The maiden who has been quiet,
bashful and subdued sometimes
takes on an astonishing brilliancy
after her marriage. She suddenly re
veals as many dazzling facets as her
engagement solitaire.
And all, perhaps, for her own un
doing. A stupid man frequently distrusts
a vivacious wife A jealous man's
chief pleasure is to stamp out his
wife's originality. Men of a certain
type grow sullen and vicious as their
wives grow resourceful.
Marriage and maternity develop a
woman's natural tendencies. She is .
at her best or he'r worst in a few
Whether a husband approves of
his changeling wife or not, is of the
utmost importance, not only for tier
happiness, but for his own inspira
tion and growth.
A wife fixes a man's standard or
womanhood. As she is brave, loyal
and unselfish, he believes all other
women to be. If she is fickle and
lazy, so he imagines the rest of her
sex. Men revere their mothers as a
matter of course, but usually as mar
velous exceptions to the common
rules which govern other women.
We have all been talking so much J
about the glories of motherhood late
ly we seem in a fair way to forget
how important and wonderful the
wife may be.
Perhaps m no otlier way is she so

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