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Dole--Our love is to me the only

thing that makes life worth living

of the house, that she had rest after her

As she turns plants a shaft in breast.

and told brought
best seek I hope I'll
journey. Doctor
to go, she I'm afraid
Ethel's brought

Ethel

the luck you did. bring you and the good luck, too, but somebody has it ahead of me. Who?

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Vrs. Dole-1 shall never forget when you came to us. Things took a

There is some talk regarding the nature of Dole's ailment, but the Doctor declares that turn for the best almost

jority of operations in such cases are successful. He goes to his patient, but returns

of Ethel and the Professor. It is then that he makes the startling announcement that from the first. Why,

operation, and that a sudden shock may kill it was soon after you came that Stann took to painting again, Mrs. Dole-Miss Bromley. Just as you wasn't it?

came into our life, she has come into yours, Ethel-I believe so.

and I hope she'll be as good a friend and Mrs. Dole-Of course it

And see

companion to your husband as you were to what a difference that made-it made him mine. Good night! (Mrs. Dole goes out) famous. You were a wonderful help to him. Ethel—(To Professor) You heard what

EthelI was Mr. Dole's secretary. That she said? was all.

Professor- You could not suspectMrs. Dole-Yes, but he had had other Ethel-Did she suspect me? If it should secretaries before you came and none of them be true! If it should be true! (She looks

was.

over to the table where her husband and Flor- What motive has brought the widow to the ence have their heads close to

Doctor's home, and what are her intentions?

Ethel, prodded by her own conscience, has asked herself these questions during the time-almost a month-that the housekeeper has been in her home. And she has found no answer save in the growing conviction that everything Mrs. Dole does, everything she says, is calculated to goad and to torment. Unwilling to admit the truth that this reasoning points to, and yet regarding the grim, black-robed figure of her housekeeper as the dread

embodiment of her Nemesis, the young wife has passed through a torturing month that has shattered her nerves and all but left her a physical wreck. Her confidence, her selfcontrol, are gone. Inflamed by the jealousy that has been cleverly fanned by Mrs Dole, Ethel has grown to regard Florence as an interloper, deep in intrigue with Dr. Bristol. This jealousy, and an all-consuming fear of what each moment of the day may produce, have possessed

Ethel to the exclusion of all other em otions. This is the situation

at the commencement of there is slight danger, as the ma

the third act. in a very short time-to the surprise

The scene is the same as in Dole's heart is too weak to stand an him at any minute

gether, in affec- the second act, and, again, the action begins

lionate tête-à- in the early evening Mrs. Dole, who has tête. And it can be seen that the poison of had an unsuccessful brush with Susan, in jealousy takes effect in her mind)

which the latter informs the housekeeper

that she is none too popular in the Doctor's ACT III

home, finds Ethel listlessly waiting for

· something-and at once reassumes her rôle With Mrs. Dole installed as housekeeper, of tormentor. . Ethel has grave reason for fearing her own position in her home. Does Mrs. Dole Mrs. Dole-Did you know that Miss know anything of Ethel's former relations Bromley was back? with her husband, and, if so, how much? Ethel-Susan told me.

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went away I heard him talking over the As this conversation ends, Ethel, unob'phone to Miss Bromley.

served, enters the living room and EthelHow do you know it was Miss hears an endearing title that the Doctor, in Bromley?

pity, addresses to his ward. Burning with Mrs. DoleI answered when the long dis- jealousy, Ethel interprets this into the final tance called and went and told the Doctor. evidence of her husband's infidelity. After

Ethel-And then, of course, you listened. Florence has left the room, she comes for

Mrs. Dole-No. I was in the next room ward and charges her husband with treachery. and couldn't help hearing. Ethel - What did he say?

EthelThere was no patient; you perMrs. Dole-He said he was very anxious formed no operation. You did not go to about her and wanted to know if she wouldn't Springfield. Instead you went to Allenburg come back right away, and then when she to meet a woman. wouldn't, he said he'd go to her.

Doctor-Ethel ! Ethel-He'd go to her!

EthelYou went to Allenburg to meet the Mrs. Dole-Yes! and the-

girl you brought into my house; you went Ethel-Go on.

there to meet—your mistress! Mrs. Dole- I don't think I ought to-- Doctor-Stop! Ethel-Go on! Go on!

Ethel- I won't stop! My suspicions were Mrs. DoleThen he said if you found out aroused nearly a month ago, and I've been it would cause him no end of trouble, but well watching you ever since, hoping all the time

- he'd take the chance! And that's all! that it might not be true. But this proves (Pause)

it! This proves it! Ethel- If you've lied to me about this- Doctor-You're mad!

Mrs. Dole-Lied to you, Mrs. Bristo!! Why should I? (Pause) If there's been any Ethel does not realize that the "nearly lying I'm sure I'm not the one who's done it. a month ago” denotes the date of Mrs. (Pause) Perhaps the Doctor went to see her Dole's arrival, and that the period of her professionally! But if he did, why should jealousy coincides with Mrs. Dole's preshe say he went somewhere else? That's ence in the house. But the Doctor, after what I can't make out.

disproving, with the aid of Florence, Ethel's EthelThat will do.

unfounded charges, stumbles on to this fact, Mrs. Dole-Yes, Mrs. Bristol. (She leaves and seeks for an explanation of Mrs. Dole's as Florence enters)

spiteful conduct. His suspicions are fully

aroused, but Ethel succeeds in allaying them Florence tells Ethel that she has noted a for the time, and persuades him to send Mrs. change in her attitude lately. “What's Dole away immediately. Mrs. Dole is sent wrong, please?” she asks, but Ethel coldly for and comes to the living room. She is leaves the room without answering.

told that she is dismissed, and demands a When Dr. Bristol arrives, after a few

Dr. Bristol, genuinely at a loss, has moments, he finds in Florence a very miser- none to offer. He finally tells her that she able young girl. The conversation of these

must go, as he can say nothing further. two makes clear the truth regarding the trip to Allenburg. Florence, unhappy at home Mrs. Dole-No, but I can tell you a lot because of Ethel's unkind attitude, has been further. I'm to be turned out because she off on a visit to friends in Allenburg, whither (pointing to Ethel) wants me to be, and she has been followed by Ambrose Lorrimer, why does she want it? Because the sight of with an offer of marriage. Florence is in me gets on her nerves. And why does it? love with Ambrose, but the boy is a cocaine Because every time she sees me, she rememuser, and the girl has given Dr. Bristol her bers that she was to my husband what she promise not to marry him without the Doc- just accused that girl of being to you. Oh, tor's consent. The Doctor, on his side, has I was listening and I heard! promised to tell no one of Lorrimer's weak- Doctor ---Mrs. Dole! ness. It was to frustrate this marriage that Alrs. Dole--Ask her if she can deny it! Dr. Bristol made the trip to Allenburg, Ask her! which trip, in accordance with his promise to Ethel-Don't believe her, Ethan! Don't Florence, had to be kept a secret from Ethel. believe her!

reason.

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