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Chapter NumberII
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Full Date1913-07-16
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Newspaper TitleThe Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)
Trove TitleMoney Or Wife ?
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Honey or Wife ? I GH'APTER II.— (Continued.)

^K)if course, she had an excuse for Bh conduct, lnslstiug that this action ^fl hera had been brought a'oout bo ^Bi9o she did not wish to remain a Hrd«n On her boy; but aiie prudently ^?Japect ail I uncomfortable scenes by Buoving horsolif to a c-onslderaWe db ^?acc, Sho had married a man, her ?terior in position, but apparently ?ssestsd of a good deal of money. ?'We shall live, abroad,' s'ho had ^Jitten. 'I do hope, darling, that you Hill write to me as ofton as you can.' ^?HiSTttotlinr's marriage signified some Hint? more than a s-hock to JuiMan ??yant— it left' hl-ni quite alone. HJb ?latlons had ben e.vt runted at the ?ne c£ .his father's death; aa ainalter H fact, th-oy had kept carefully aloof, Bt wishlns: to be involved In the pe ?niary dirtlciilties; the o«Iy one who ?d shown him practical kindness had ?en Mrs; Marnock, who -had married ? elderiy half-brother of his motlier'a, ^?man who ?wonld have .been very kind ? .Julian had ho been alive at' this ?no. The late Mr. Maxnock had foeen ??SToat suireror. and had never been ^?^the oiHee, b-ut he had roused his ?*o's interest in Julian, and the youn# ?in had been very grateful to her for ?ring him- a start. ii'W(w so Inovit Wo that .he and Enid should rift ?to happy comradeship. They mot ?e very wet evening whon J-ultejj, ?oltng not only a disinclination to ?ce tho rain, but conscious of a cer ?n fpolishne^s of spendin/r money for ?od oirtsldo when, he could obtain It ? the 'house, (had decided to remain at ^?mo, . ?He had gone down to dinner late, re ?ylng to retire to, life own room again ?nost immediately; but his plans had Vn altered. Sotiie one else was late, ^?-, and aa -h& had entered the dining ^Bm, tht- clear, fresh, enchanting iroico ?fh the sunny little rills' in it which H3^ f«vscfnatinjy to him came 'to liis Vhe dinner was cold and not very ^ftetiJng1; but they sat and shared It ??ether, and they talked and they ?do friends. Tlie1 girl told him that ^B- was quite alone. ^?1 came o^r to England,' sho mid, ^Hram'st tho wish of my aunt; in fact, ^m wasivery angry, and prophesied all ^vts of dreadful things that wore to ^fcpen to me; but I don't mean to bo ^?failure. I mean to do well, and to ^Bke a place for myself over here.' ^?Ind it was not very long before Blian confessed to himself that the ^Beo she intended to make- was al Bi4y found m his iheart, in his 'v«ry ^?art of. hearts. He loved her as he ?d not known 1t wa«s possible that ^?y one human creature could lovo ^Both^r. . ?Back in the old days when he had ?en' with 'his regiment, ho had flirted, ^Bd- danced, and paid court as the ?hers had ^donej but his heart had ?ver been touched; and now it yield - ? itself in one great yearning tender ?.-s and paeslon for this lonely girl, ?th tho eweet eyos and the happy ?ugh and the delicate, fragrant per Kality. ( ^B\nd so thoy married without asking ?yone's consent, seeing nothingr ahead ^B them but happiness, Struggle there ?ght be, work there might be and ^nst be—but happiness there should ? For Enid Bryant wag something ^?tter than being pretty or attractive ? beautiful. She was 'practical, which ^Ha quality that does not always aa ^Biilate itself with the artistic na ^Khe it wa9 who planned out every ^Mng and saw the difficulties and ^?oothed them away, who built eas ^Bs not of air but founded .on hope, ^?l who dreamed of the big things ^ftt she would do to make herself ^Brthy of this man who had chosen ^B-, and who had brought such won ^Bs, such hitherto unknown joy into ^?r existence. ^fcefore he reached home that me ?jrable evening Julian Bryant had ?solved that he would not. tell his ? fe what 'had happened; but her ?nrpa'thy was no perfunctory thins; ?r love was so magnetic that before Hey had been alone live minutes she Hd got the whole story out of him. ?re laughed, at first, then she was ?ent, and then she turned her face ?vay. ? 'Oh! Julian, dearest,'1 she said. 'See ?hat I have done. I have spoilt your He.' Hhc took her In his arms and held Hr there tightly. ? ? 'Spoilt my life?' he said. 'You are ?olng'to make It! Do you suppose I H,re about this for myself? ft Is you Ham thinking of.' H She kissed him back, but there were HaTS in her eyes.. ! H'Wo were in suoli a hurry,1' she said. H 'We ihave been «o happy,' he saiS. H'Oh! we shall always be happy, Heaso God,' the girl answered, crouch. Kg closer to ivtoi. 'But things are Hmlng clearer to me, Julian. How I

wish I had known! Oh! I wish I had | known!' 'What do you mean, Enid?' 'Women are queer creaturas,' Ws wife answered. 'It Is not at all an original remark; but It is very true. What I mean l», I wish that I had seen Mrs. 'Marnock. I wish I had told her that we wanted to get married.' 'I am glad yod» didn't meet her,' said Bryant a little hardly. 'She is not the sort of woman you would understand, my sweetheart. She'» as hard as nails, a woman who never had a heart, and doesn't know what sentiment is. If you come to think of It, Enid, It shows a mean spirit to 'have done what she has done to-day,' ?Enid Bryant took foot-self away from her husband's awns and moved to t'he window, 'Perhaps,' she said, In a low voice, 'perhaps it means {something e'rse, You call this woman hard, you think the has no vsentlment, I know she in not young—but, Julian, I understand why s-ho has done tills— why she meant to bo good to you . . . you wm-c to be so much to her, 'perhaps you were to bring her something which all her money had never been able to buy.' Julian Bryant colored up to thoroota of his hair, 'ISnid, dearest, don't talk nonsense,' he said a little Irritably. 'It isn't nonsense, I'm siting at the truth, Julian, you must have given her such a Wow; no wonder she — she hates me. Don't you remember when you wore 111 a year a'go, how many times she callGd to inquire and the Mowers she sent you and 'the fruit; those 'lovely flowers -wtelch you always s-ont straight up to my room? There was always an excitement whien Mra-. Marnock's car came up -to the door. Oh! I understand, I ?understand.' Julian took hor In hte arms again. 'You are a child,' he said; 'and you are making up romances, Baohael Marnock la nothing but a hard, Jealous woman, a bitter creature. If you want to know her real reason for doing things for me, it was to annoy my mother,' 'Well, have it your, own . way,' eaid Enid; 'but leave me my romances!' 'Romances!' repeated Bryant. 'I wish- — ?' and thon' ? he added ??? with a sight, 'I wish to Gcd1 1 could send back that cheque.' ? \ ?; . ,' V '; Mrs, Ju-Han Bryant was pretty and practical, but sho was also vory young, and tho young delight in burdening themselves with Imaginary /troubles1. Tho tears that had coime to her charm ing eyes now rolled down her cheeks. 'I knew we ought not to have done it,' she repeated. 'Everybody at tho boarding-bouse said we were so foolish. I used to hate them when they asked me how we were going to live? ' Oh! Julian, I love you so much, and yet I am hurting you through my love.' The husband took her In his arms and kissed away her tears, and after awhile tho trembUng of her lips stopped, and he conjured back her smile. 'We are going to show the world that we can do without tt,' he said,