|Newspaper Title||The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)|
|Trove Title||Money Or Wife ?|
OUR SERIAL STORY
Money or Wife ? CHAPTER VII.~-(Continuod).
'Mr. Gersteln replied almost imme .dlatcly tp. OSnid's letter, -but, ho. liad to rogret tliat die saw n.b. iiuomdlate' open in?. Ho advised-, -her to'.'-cbmo and ,seo him* in the course of tho noxt fow days. ; .-.?... -?..'. . ? :,v . . ?
.it was Miss Juckfion-'whb sol'ved the ?profoli-srci of tho lmm'ed'iato-'jnonient, . '??'AVhcn she -got iback one afternoon a day or co.latur «ho had some, news, .. .'I -baiievo I've g-ot ix chanco .for.y'ou, Sn!t3,' she ialdv 'J3o you-.. remember Ifaiton I^aurio who was at the Academy Just when you joined?'. ' ' ? ' ??'I -reineinber liervciry well,' ? sail Enid. 'Sho had a )oy:eij- .voice,'. ''Yes, she doesn't ' sing ibadly)' said Miss Jackson. 'Well, I met her sister this afternoon, and. she; tells me that Manon is out in tho country with a Htlo concert' parfy' and Chat 'the pianist' ha3 cracked up- ill, and1 iManon .had toiographed to her,s'.stQr to try and yet some one. to flll his -place. .. I'. proposed^ you. They can't give very mu'ch;.J-ut. still, .it's a beginning; .and. they'll ;pay your expoases for joining them. ?Will.' von en?' ..
'Yes,' said Enid .in a low. .voice! 'That's— that's just what i should like. I am so anxious to be doing; some thing.' . , . ' ?' ? 'Well, there is no doubt aibout It, you'ro jolly lucky,' said Miss 'Jack- son frankly. 'It's just a- fluke, you know. You mustn't run'' away with tho idea that you are ^olng to. -tumble into
gocni; tnings just whenever you' want, them, I promised to .ring up Lucie Laurie as soon as 'I had seen you, There is a telephone at their flat, I'll just run-round to the.call office. You' hid,' better put, .a, few .things together, because you'll have to leave her© to night by., eight o'clock.' , , ^?'Qh! i am gladd!. .1 am glad!' Enid; naid to -herself aa her irlend 'bustled out and she was left quite alone. She, hardly/dared to confess to herself how much -it cost her to foe in/ London and
nbt to approach her husban'd. ' 'She ?h^d';.bfeen living .iii' a curious ..kind of dream ever since tho moment when she. had closed the. door. of. .her. little home behind jher, and had turned to itep forward into a. world unknown, untvled. ...:, , .,..- ... ..?_?? . ? -All through, the flraf. day -that had' followed 'bn her arrival 'at'-Sytili Jacfe son'-^ flat, her heart had fluttered jier^ VAUsly, appreherislyeiy, excitedly) for' the conviction ..waiT strong;' 'upon her
that almost at any.,,., nioment'V. Julian . would come and'%.demand an. explana tion from her, insis'tlng upon her re-., turningi but that day. passed and /was followed by another, and still another, .and yet Julian* did ? 'ribt ??VWm'e.1 '-? 'Then :? JiJnld 'Bryant Realised ,-to^the full what ;-she had .done. J^^ith^.he1r??'o;Wn..'31tie1 hands she had cut herself adrift from the one creature to whom she had a right to cljn«, , And;, she wanted him! Never .before had she'feit'tHe need, of him and '-Jf ' ;hls 'dear ?.protective ?pre-
sence so strongly as.jn these flrs't days of her self-elected separation from him! Indeed, she hardly knew how she lived ?tiinough the. long, tdrturlng hours. :;JShe /began, to .'heap ^ reproaches upon herself; she confessed that she had done Julian a wrong, the mere fact thatrtho- man had fought m .., resolutely, hadjgone/^o^ valiantly- ' through vthe flre of- temptation, /.proved to her that'slie was' something more to him than all else in the world, ? ? .. . , . The argumerits that she had brought to bear on herself othat day' when, she had learnt that Rachel Marnock had
bequeathed a fortune t6 her husband semedvto have lost, theoir value '.now'. They, were man and -wife, 'bound --.by vows to stand to one another; not even her; ' yearning desire to give back to him something .of-what had- once -been in his life should ever have permitted her to make these vows. -.?'-. There were times when ' her self sacrifice seemed to her not only fool ish, tout wicked.' And yet now there was no going back. ! ? Julian was lost to her, for if he had wanted her,. surely he would not have rested till he had found her! '
.She was afraid of; shedding tears ,tn Sybil Jackson's presence, and though sho appreciated far more than /she could express the Toady hospitality ex tended 'to .her, tho toot that she had to / lot 'her husband remain under a falso impression, that she had to .listen; to abuso of him, and that of courao Miss Jackson took a wrong view of tbelr separation, was toe-* coming almost unbearable. .Now that
o»u 4-isu.iiaeu no wouia flot come, she wanted- to %rot away, far nway from ovorything..tliat rominded her of their lite together. ?As'srto travallpd up swiftly to the norf,h that nlsht BnM ©ryant cried till 'sho hart reduced horself almost to a state of exhaustion. Sha was very unhappy, wid it was all so Grange to flird JiorspJf aa sho. did towards mld ni3ht- in a lllle hotel room, cut away 'from--qtwy«jlns that was dearest to !i.er. ??????-. -M?s Ipokod-very tircjl, and white and 1:1 The.noyt day, and 'the. members of !:-;* little concert (party shrugged their shoy.idw::,
'I jiopft you won't break down, too,'; said 'J-ianon Laurie to hbr. She'hersell *ras-.a'tr.orts and -splenaifi looking, and '% _ praphaalsefl .Enid's fragile look. .^,?'.'1 ajiivon]y,fi iit.tlt* tired,'. Enj^gifld .rf.1^ 1'IS.dJy.; '^Vt-siian-'t. . disappolni-' you,- i'!n.t'.ealli'' v.ery strong.' ;ln fact so.ln .tciiie'ste-d wa.V;i'she: fn Iho . jjahoarsal, (n idffpfchig- herself 'to 'the :requii:eme.ixts of The' work, that..by; lunch-timb- 'sho looked another beinfi'.
,Thoy .were just a number of young people, -students for the most part, who. had formed themselves into this little party and,who, with Miss -Laurie as their great attraction, had been meeting with quite .fair success, ; -T'he money offered to .Enid seemed to.her more., than adequate when she
?remembered how little 8he and Julian Jjl:.Wa»94:'.to.. un on, but she P^S; . f ^ 8h0 'had many ox' .-Manon Laurie Vent back to her little room and examined her ward Wbc-Siio wns a klnd-lioarted young woman, and therefore, she put the the matter as delicately aa she could; trut Enid realised that she would have to furbish up some sort of Sown in -which to appear on the Platform.
,''! think you ought to. go .in .i or . the Picturesque style/' said Manon Laurie. 'Look here, that little grey frock, if you put some., lace on It like a illchu, I think .rthjtt. will do, at least for to-night. You havo got 'such, sweet hair, and you are very 'interesting-' looking, you .know; -arid, my dear, you do know how to play accompaniments. My songs' never went better than they did .this morning.' : :
.It was just -tho. .word of, appreciation which Enid needed; it gave her courase and it strengthened ..her. -. Naturally sho was nervous, and she resolutely sef herself 'to get a aittle rest ibbfore the- -evening, ' '': ''??l ?' ? . When the time 'came to dress ' she handled .the little grey .gown tenderly. It was one of the dresses, that, sho had worn in. .Venice, .-..just, a simple little frock, made by a^ unfashionable dressmaker; 'hut in Julian's eye»; it had .been lovely. She could- hear his voice now, 'whispering tender words in
her ears, she could if eel bis arm about her. It. was. impossible for. her to realise in such a moment that she and Julian were separated, separated .per haps actually neveT to .meet again! 'If only he had written me one word, if only die had let mo know that he cared,' she said to herself brokenly. She keipt back ' tho tears with a great .effort,' she had done well In the morning; but she had to do better at night; and now .perhaps for the first time she understood that she really did face the world alone, and would ,have- light her life's battles entirely on her- own efforts.