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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
THINGS LOOK GOOD WHEN YOU LIKE THEM
"I shall always remember that silly
little dinner, Margie," said Paula,
'Jeff and Tom gave for me at the lit
.le inn out on the Germantown road,
i think more than anything that hap
oened at the time, it helped me to ad
just values, and I seemed to be able
ance more to breathe the cool, brac
ing air of the open. For the first time
in nine months I got away from the
vitiating atmosphere that was forc
ing my carefree youth into maturity.
"By common consent no one spoke
that night of the theater, the news
papers or any supposedly vital thing.
We just ate and laughed and laughed,
and ate as I had not done since I left
"I did not love Jeff Perrygreen at
that time, Margie, but I liked him
immensely and I had not found love"
so joyous that I wanted to love any
one. I did not want even to think of
love I only wanted just such a good
time as I was having where every
one was simply intoxicated with
"Tom before the end of the din
ner it was Tom and Paula, just as it
always is among young people who
become quickly acquainted in almost
childish fashion when there is no
thought of anything but the present
playtime Tom told a lot of jokes
that the boys at college had played
on JeE and ended by telling of one
momentous occasion when Jeff need
ed money badly. As he had not yet
received his monthly allowance he
pawned his entire collection of
books, which was already beginning
to be worth much, for $200.
" 'I never knew what Jeff wanted
that money for.' said Tom, 'but he
was like the wild man from Borneo
until he got it after the arrival of a
mysterious telegram. He sent me
out for a big bunch of violets, so I
knew it was a girl and
" ay. will you shut up?" bellowed
J': ami men I knew that all the
casualness of Jeff's trip home with
me after I had received those fateful
telegrams was planned. Back it all
came to me. Then I said: 'I must go
back to the theater. What time it is?'
" 'Good evening, little gloom, when
did you pop in to spoil everything?
growled Jeff, as he took out his
watch. Then his eyes almost popped
out of his head. 'It's half past seven,'
" 'What!' the word was spoken in
concert by Alma, Tom and me.
"I should be at the theater at this
" 'You will be there in 15 minutes,'
" 'If we are not pinched,' ejaculat
ed Tom under his breath.
"Very- different were the four
young people who got into the caf
for the return trip from the laughing
group that spilled out of it some
"I heard Tom, the impressionable,
say to Alma, as we narrowly averted
a collision with a coal wagon, 'I know
life is real life is earnest '
" 'And I sincerely hope in our case 1
that "the grave is not its goal," ' she
"Jeff said nothing, but his lips
tightened into a thin line which did
not break until he had landed me at
the stage'door. I did not even take
time to say good-by, for the boy was
calling 'Overture' as I ran to my
"There I found my understudy all
made up for my part just pulling my
dress over her head. Poor child, I
felt sorry for her. She thought she
was going to have he chance.
" 'I'll be ready in time, Dana,' I
said, and I was, but it was -a close
"All through my entrance scene I
kept saying to myself, 'I had a good
time a beautiful tine today and
no one can take it away from me.
And do you know, Margie, the thea-