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Married Life The True Romance   By: (1883-1957)

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MARRIED LIFE

Or

The True Romance

by

MAY EDGINTON

Boston Small, Maynard & Company Publishers

1920

IN ADMIRATION TO A COMPLETELY SUCCESSFUL HUSBAND

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I ANTICIPATION

II IRREVOCABLE

III BEAUTIFUL

IV DREAMS

V HOUSEKEEPING

VI DISCIPLINE

VII DISILLUSION

VIII BABY

IX PROBLEMS

X RECRIMINATION

XI THE BANGED DOOR

XII BEHIND THE VEIL

XIII "THE VERY DEVIL"

XIV DRIFTING

XV SURRENDER

XVI ISOLATION

XVII REVIVAL

XVIII INTRIGUE

XIX ANOTHER WOOING

XX SEPARATION

XXI HOME COMING

XXII PLAIN DEALING

XXIII INDIFFERENCE

XXIV FOOL'S CAP

XXV RECOMPENSE

XXVI COMPREHENSION

CHAPTER I

ANTICIPATION

"I've been round all the sales," said Marie, "hunting and hunting. My feet are tired! But I've got a lovely lot of things. Look! All this washing ribbon, a penny a yard. And these caps aren't they the last word? Julia, aren't they ducks? I thought I'd have my little caps all alike, flesh pink tulle."

"When'll you wear them?" asked Julia hardily.

"When do other people wear them?" retorted Marie, rather confused.

"Have you ever worn things like this?"

"Well," said Marie, "perhaps not. But I've been saving up two years for it, haven't I? And if a girl can't have pretty things in her trousseau, when can she have them?"

Julia sighed and looked. There was a little clutch at her heart, but she went on sturdily:

"All you girls going to be married! I don't know what you expect! I know what you'll get. You seem to think a husband's a cross between Romeo and a fairy godmother. Well, you'll find it's different. You all imagine, when you say good bye to your typewriter, or the showroom, or whatever line you're in, to marry on an income not so very much bigger than your own, that you're going to live in a palace and be waited upon ever afterwards. You'll have to get up early and cook Osborn's breakfast, shan't you, before he goes out? And make the beds and sweep and dust? And you're buying pink tulle caps as if you were going to breakfast in bed every day!"

"A little housework's nothing! A girl can wear pretty things when she's married, I suppose?"

"Oh, she can ."

"She ought to. A man has a right to expect "

"You'll find a man expects everything he has a right to, and a hundred per cent. more."

"Osborn is very different from most men."

Julia smiled, stood up, and pressed her hands over her hips to settle her skirt smoothly; she had an air of abandoning the talk as useless. Her eyes were tired and her mouth drooped.

"It isn't as though you knew such a great deal about men, dear," Marie added.

"I don't want to," said Julia.

"Surely, you must like Osborn?"

"What does it matter whether I do or don't, since you do?"

"I can't think how anyone can fail to like Osborn."

"Of course you can't."

"Even you must own he's the best tempered boy living."

"I shan't own anything of the kind till you've been married three months, and he's had some bad dinners, and late breakfasts, and has got a bit sick of the butcher's bill. Then we'll see."

"Little things like these can't matter between people who really love each other. You don't understand."

"It's just these little things that take the edge off."

Marie's mother looked in and smiled to see her girl fingering her pretty things.

"Aren't you two nearly ready to leave the inspection and come to tea?"

"Julia doesn't like my caps, mum."

"Yes, I do," said Julia; "all I'm asking, Mrs. Amber, is, when is she going to wear them?"

Marie's mother came in and sat down and thought.

"Ah," she said, shaking her head and looking pinched about the lips, "I don't know. You modern girls buy all these extraordinary things. You ape rich women; but you'll never be able to pay the everlasting cleaners' bills for those caps."

"She'll soon give up wearing them, Mrs. Amber."

"I'm sure I shan't," Marie denied.

"When I was a girl," said Mrs. Amber, smoothing her lap reminiscently, "I remember I wanted a grand trousseau... Continue reading book >>




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