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The Gorgeous Girl   By: (1888-)

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[Illustration: "He was very diplomatic in his undertaking"]

Garden City New York Doubleday, Page & Company 1920

Copyright, 1920, By Doubleday, Page & Company All Rights Reserved, Including That of Translation into Foreign Languages, Including the Scandinavian

Copyright, 1919, 1920, by The Curtis Publishing Company


"He was very diplomatic in his undertaking" Frontispiece FACING PAGE "The Gorgeous Girl had never known anything but the most gorgeous side of life" 12 "It was with a charming timidity that she tip toed into the office" 188 "A get rich quick man always pays for his own speed" 284



"Before long two bank accounts will beat as one," Trudy said to Mary Faithful. "Tra la la la la," humming the wedding march while the office force of the O'Valley Leather Company listened with expressions ranging from grins to frowns.

"Sh h h! Mr. O'Valley has just opened his door." As she was private secretary and general guardian to Steve O'Valley, president of the concern, Miss Faithful's word usually had a decisive effect.

But Trudy was irrepressible. Besides boarding at the Faithful home and thus enjoying a certain intimacy with Mary, she was one of those young persons who holds a position merely as a means to an end the sort who dresses to impress everyone, from the president of the concern if he is in the matrimonial or romantic market to the elevator boy if said elevator boy happens to have a bank account capable of taking one to all the musical shows and to supper afterward. Having been by turns a milliner's apprentice, assistant in a beauty parlour, and cashier in a business men's restaurant, Truletta Burrows had acquired a certain chicness enabling her to twist a remnant of chiffon or straw into a creation and wear it in impressive contrast with her baby blue eyes and Titian red hair. In the majority of cases where a girl has neither family nor finances she must seek a business situation in order to win a husband. Trudy went after her game in no hesitating manner.

She had no intention of becoming one of the multitude of commercial nuns who inhabit the United States of America this day quiet women with quick eyes, a trifle cold or pensive if analyzed, severely combed hair, trim tailor suits and mannish blouses with dazzling neckties as their bit of vanity the type that often shoulders half the responsibility of the firm. Whether achieving a private office and a nervous stenographer who is disappointed at having a lady boss is to be preferred to a house and garden career is, like all vital issues, a question for debate.

Neither did Trudy propose to shrivel into a timid, slave like type of person kept on the pay roll from pity or by reason of the fact that initiating a novice would be troublesome. Such a one was Miss Nellie Lunk, who sat in a corner of the hall making out requisition slips and taking care of unwelcome visitors a pathetic figure with faded eyes and scraggly hair, always keeping a posy on her old style desk and crocheting whenever there was a lull in work. Thirty years in business was Miss Lunk's record, twenty five in Mark Constantine's office and five in the employ of Mr. O'Valley, that lovable, piratical Irishman who achieved his success by being a brilliant opportunist and who, it would seem, ran a shoestring into a fortune by a wink of his blue eyes.

Trudy knew that Miss Lunk lived alone the third story back, where she cooked most of her meals, while a forlorn canary cheeped a welcome. She possessed a little talking machine with sentimental records, and on Sundays she went to a cafeteria for a good, hearty meal unless cousins asked her to their establishment. Some day Miss Lunk would find herself in a home with other no longer useful old people and here she would stay with her few keepsakes, of which the world knew nothing and cared less, the cousins dropping in at intervals to impress upon her how carefree and fortunate she was!

In conclusion Trudy had decided not to accept the third choice of the modern business woman, which, she decided, was Mary Faithful's fate to give your heart to a man who never had thought of you and never would think of you as other than a reliable and agreeable machine; as someone should Florida and a certain Gorgeous Girl named Beatrice Constantine beckon who would say:

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