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illustrated. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...Harry of a hero. It's very
well to say that it gets to be merely mechanical and that no one on
the stage thinks anything about it, but all the same a kiss is a
kiss and a hug is a hug, and, if I were Charles Gordon, I shouldn't
be able to sit still and see it go on. No, Fred, going on the stage
and giving up such a position and such delightful surroundings as
Margaret Padelford gives up, strikes me the more I think of it, not
only as peculiar, but slightly demented. The long and short of it,
in my opinion, is, that as soon as their baby is born they will
settle down like everybody else. I know that you and Mrs. Sloane
and a great many other very wise people will think such sentiments
on my part stupid and prosaic, and I have tried' to see the error
of my views; but it's no use. I do pity poor Mr. Padelford from the
bottom of my sou." " And yet, my dear, he seems decidedly proud of
her already. And even you admitted that Orlando was very good
looking. It's an experiment, of course," I added, judicially; " and
it isn't safe to prophesy in advance what the exact outcome will
be; but think, on the other hand, by way of counterbalancing your
utilitarian arguments, what a11 interesting life hers will be. She
will escape from the rut of small domestic household cares, which I
have heard you so often say eat the soul out of a woman. N o
everlasting round of calls to be returned by her, year in and year
out; no retinue of servants, no butchers, no plumbers to harass her
sensibilities. She will be out in the open and free from the
crushing yoke of conventionalities which hem the most of us in like
prison walls. Triumphs such as that she enjoyed to-night must be
sweet even to a woman born...
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