|Newspaper Title||The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)|
|Trove Title||Money Or Wife ?|
Money @f Wife? CHAPTER XXII,— (Continued,)
'You, with nerves, Norati?' 'Yes. It sounds queer, .doesn't It? But I am just an ordinary woman, you know, In spite of my apparent strong mindedness. They sat a little while in tho lounge, and then Colonel Dawney walked with Miss Fowls to 'the corner, where she took her omnibus. ???''! She declined a; cab. . ; , ...;,.? IIV»« _'VJ' il._'^.1. '.._.. I) ~U« «~I'J iv(IT
nu— iiu,' iiiauiv juu, out; cam. . x feel safer—more at 'home— In a '''busJ'. Then she gave him Enid's news. '! 'I'm sorry,' said Colonel Dawney. 'I think she ought to/get a change of air; and I believe I ?an 'make' 'that cottage quite comfortable for her.' ; 'Well, I want her 'In my own hands for a little while longer,' said' Miss Powls; 'and, .besides,' certain 'business has cropped up which will keep her here, business to do with her husband,' .she said. ?'/ . ? - . . .???.; ' '. ?Colonel Dawney gave her a quick 'look. .??' ..' -???'.. ?' ?? ??;. ??; „? ??' '?? 'Has she told you all about herself?' ?he said. . . . ?;.' ' v /'Miss Powis' shook her' head. : 'No;- prc-b.ably she never will. One really doesn't want to know much; that she is unhappy,/ poor ^child; is plan enough for us to see; but that she 19 good and true— and sweet as erhe looks — Is also another very evident fact.' 'Yes,' said Adrian Dawney warmly.. 'She Is a charming young woman, and I.only hope there. -is not going to be a1 bother. Has the husband himself ap-/ peared upon the scene?' . ' 'Not yet— only lawyers,' 'Well, while she has y6u to look alter^lier, she1 won't' come to much harm, Norah'; and 'then they shook hands with the grip of , old friends and parted. ' ' . )
When^she got back Miss Powls found a little note, signed Enid Sinclair,' ask- ing if they ' could meet that evening. The next day Lady .Ellen would be ex pecting her; so Miss Powls snatched at this opportunity of meeting Enid, and sent' a few words, saying that she would be round after dinner. Thanks to the combined efforts of those who had been with her through her illness and her hour of trouble; Enid was installed In a larger, and more comfortable room. . Sho had not been in a condition to know what weia happening to her when she had been carried down to this room, and afterwards, -when she had learnt how .much had 'been done for her, and In what a charming way, she 'made no protest, only in her heart she registered a vow that sooner or later she would pay back all that she had cost these people, who were, after all, strangers to he?... ? ? : . ? . -.-.. She was sitting in a low chair by the tire with her baby in her arras, when Norah Powis came in. ' 'Oh, how cosy you are here. It Is awfully cold out to-night: and Nell writes that it is very cold at the s'ea.' Enid greeted her with a smile. 'How good of you to come! Do for give me if I don't get up. Baby has been rather difficult. Ho would not go to sleep to-night, so I have had to sing and rock him a little; all very bad, 1 know, but. I simply had to get him asleep.' 'What a darling he is,' said Miss Powis, in a whisper, 'bending over and looking at the little tiny .face half hid den in a soft shawl, 'Enid, I envy you! Them Is. nothing I have wanted till my life so much as u. baby.' 'I can't offer' to share with you,' said Enid, with a good attempt at gaiety. ?Sho covered her baby over vtfry caro fully, and still rocked 'herself to and fro slightly. . .. 'You are going away to-morrow, aren't you?' she asked, 'Yes; but not if you want me; then I won't go.' ? 'Oh, my dear, what a 'Suggestion! Lady Ellen would never forgive .me; besides, I want you to go. I— you ought to have had a change a long time ago.' '. 'Have you .beeir troubled to-day?'
Miss Powis asked, as she sat down on the other side. of the fireplace. . Enid answered. 'Yes', quietly. 'I am going to, speak io you as frankly a* I can,' she said. . 'It has 'been proposed to me that I should; bring,. an action for divorce against my husband.' * 'For what reason — desertion,?' asked Miss Powls ?quietly. Enid shook her h6ad.^ 'No; I deserted, him; but it seems that -he cannot- divorce ,me; and as' 'he wants his freedom they have come to me.'- 'And are you going to consent?' 'Oh, yes. I could not refuse.' 'My dear,' said Nora Powls, leaning forward and speaking, ^earnestly. 'I .djjh't- think ypuv q-uitp.; -.understand. Whatever yqu ?di'd^whenly,ou,werc alpne Is 'one matter;* now you -are not' alone. You have this child. I am hot asking you. questions. ,1 don't -want- you '.to tell me anything other than, you can tell me, or. care', to tell me; 'but my common sense urges me to persuade you to do nothmg In a hurry, nothing without due conslderatloh, and without legal counsel.' ~ ; . 'I liate lawyers,' Enid said, suddenly; '?besides, .my. mind is mades up. ' A'fter all, what is the 'difference?.. We .are apart; divorced or married, we should always remain apart. It seems to me it is my duty to give himvthls complete freedom.' ' . ,' ;''. '; , ' ;/.??. :' 'You are so young!. TOat may seem a duty to'you may.:po'sslb;ly be the re verse to other poople. ?!? repeat what you did when you- were merely va wife is one matter, but now you ? are a mother avs well as'a wife. .You have to think of your child,' of the future. of the. child. ? . Enid, my dear, you 'must not do , anything Tvithout .the . ?gravest consideration, make - no .promises, con sent 'to nothing without' advice for the moment.' '' ? ' ?' ? ' ..?'. ' 'I have already promised. I have agreed to everything.' ?:v ? ? ? Miss Powls remained silent, and then she said: ? :v ... ?.? : ., 'I am very- sorry.. Why did you not speak to me, or, if you did not care' to speak to me, why not- have taken it to Dr. Hughea or to. Colonel Dawney. They are men of the world. What kind of man can this husoand of . yours be— who makes this suggestion to you?' .. 'Please,' said Enid— i1-.! there were tears in / her eyes— ?; please — please don't let us speak of him. He belongs
me. I only want' to do what is best fd,r tiim. That is why_ I left him. So do you suppose I am going to shirk now? He wants' his complete 'freedom, and 1, it seems, can give this to him. Well— I mean to give.it, wise or foolish, I. am decld.ed on. .that.' .She .paused a
moment, and then said; 'I can always take care of my 'boy.' ? Miss Powls eat in silence looking at her; she had such a young took; there was something so pretty, so pathetic, . about her that the heart of the older woman yearned over her. v '7ust npw,',she said, when she broke the silence, 'I said that I was. not go- . ing to ask any question; tout -I find that I want to know a few things. You have made a confession in your last speech; you say you left him because you wanted to do what was best for. him. Did you leave your husband with his consent?' Enid did not answer at once. Sha got 'up very softly, and with careful hands she laid the. .baby in' the whito ' basinette which stood beside her bed. She paused a moment, just rocking the Ibaslnette gently, and then when she * ** saw that the child was sound asleep, she came back and sat down again. 'If you had asked me that at the. very ?'beginning,' she said, with lips that quivered,. 'I should have answered ? 'No.' I should have told you that I acted entirely on my own responsi bility, and that my husband, did not want- me to go; but it .would have been a mistake; and tf know now— that, though I went apparently without his sanction, I took a great burden away from him when, he realised I had gone!' ' ^How did this knowledge . come to ' you.??' asked Nora Powis. 'Hare you ? had any communication from your hus band since you left him?' _? ., . 'No' ;v Enid paused a, moment, 'and then she/said rather hardly, 'It wan not ''necessary for him to write.' tHis actions were eloquent enough.' ' 'Were you 'unhappy together? Did he treat you (badly?' . ' . 'No— no! Once we were so 'happy— ; ' oh, so wonderfully happy,, tout then-* when trouble came, , and we .had, no money, all the happiness went.' 'JWhat was your husband doing? What was his work? Oh ! forgive me, dear,' Miss Powls said; quickly, as she saw Enid cover her face with her hands. 'If I did not care for you so
but something seems to tcllme that you 'will not only do wrong to your self and your boy, but that perhaps you are bringing wrong to the man you have married. Will you let hlmtsee' ; me for you?1' ' ' ;; Enid started to her feet; with a pas- ' sionate gesture she (brushed. the- tears from her eyes. ' . . (To be Continued,)'