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The Husband's Story: A Novel


The Husband's Story: A Novel

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    David Graham Phillips
Excerpt from book: yawning listlessly over some book in a magazine culture scries. Her hair hung every which way, her wrapper was torn and stained. Her skin had the musty look that suggests unpleasant conditions both without and within. Margot, dirty, pimply from too much candy, sat on the floor squalling. " Take the child away," cried Edna, at sight of me. " I thought you'd never come. A little more of this and I'll kill myself. What is there to live for, anyhow? " Silent and depressed, I took Margot for a walk. And as I wandered along sadly I was full of pity for Edna, and felt that somehow the blame was wholly mine for the wretched plight of our home life. When I was twenty-eight and Edna twenty-three, I had a series of rapid promotions which landed me in New York in the position of assistant traffic superintendent. My salary was eight thousand a year. It so happened—coincidence and nothing else—that those eighteen months of quick advance for me also marked a notable change in Edna. There are some people—many people—so obsessed of the know-it-all vanity that they can learn nothing. Nor are all these people preachers, doctors, and teachers, gentle reader. Then there is another species who pretend to know all, who are chary of admitting to learning or needing to learn anything, however small, yet who behind their pretense toil at improving themselves as a hungry mouse gnaws at the wall of the cheese box. Of this species was Edna. As she was fond of being mysterious about her thoughts and intentions,she never told me what set her going again after that long lethargy. Perhaps it was some woman whom she had a sudden opportunity thoroughly to study, some woman who knew and lived the ideas Edna had groped for in vain. Perhaps it was a novel she read or articles in her magazines. It doesn'...  
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  • PDF | 476 pages
  • David Graham Phillips
  • Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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