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StafordThat is for you to say. do go, remember that it is of your own volition absolutely. I want you to stay. Virginia—Then why don't youStafford-I've told you. (There is a pause)

Virginia-Good-by! (She crosses to get her hat and coat)

Stafford Just a minute, dear. (Virginia stops)


Stafford ---I think you will agree that I know a great deal more about life than you do.


Stafford–Then let me tell you that you are doing a very foolish thing

Virginia--I'm doing the right thing.

Stafford —I don't think so. Stop a little while, dear, and consider the matter. Aside from marrying her husband, leaving him is the most serious step a woman can take. Serious steps should be given great consideration.

Virginia-I have considered this.
Stafford--But not enough.
VirginiaOh, yes, I have.

Stafford - In the first place, you know that since you came into my life, I haven't given any other woman even a thought. You know that absolutely, don't you?

Virginia-Yes. Absolutely.

Staford-In the next place, you are leaving me! I am not leaving you. My home is still open to you and I want you for my wife. Under these circumstances, I don't think you could compel me to pay you a dollar under the law.

Virginia-The law!

Stafford — In spite of this, I should, of course, see that you are provided for. What income do you think would be fair?

Virginia-Nothing! Stafford-You mean that you won't take an allowance?

Virginia — That's just what I mean. I came to you with noth

ing—that is what I'll take StaffordWho were you till I married you? Nobody! you? A telephone girl getting ten dollars a week! And now

away. who are you? You're Mrs. Robert Stafford! And what are

Stafford Now, do you? You're the wife of one of the richest men in the country.

be a sensible little And how did he get you for his wife? He bought you and he paid for you



If you

won't take anything from me, where are you to go, what are you to do?

VirginiaYou seem to forget that I managed to live before I met you.

StaffordYou would try to do as you did then?

Virginia-Why not?

Stafford Because it's impossible absolutely impossible!

Virginia -Really!

StaffordCome now, dearie, get all such foolish thoughts out of your head. The idea is absurd, ridiculous!

Virginia -Why?


I, of my own free will, go back and live as I used to live and be satis

fied? Certainly not! No more can you!

Virgina-I can try.

Stafford-And if you do, you'll fail! If you were leaving here to go to a place where you had the same surroundings, you might succeed, but to go to your little back bedroom and

everything it implies - that is impossible. You're a dear, fine,

sensitive, high-minded little woman, but you weren't made to fight against such odds, and if you try it, you'll fail.

It's inevitable.

Virginia-Just the same, I'm going to try it.

Stafford - Then mark my words, you'll either send for me or you'll come back to me. Virginia-Never!

Stafford-You'll either send for me or you'll come back to me.

Virginia-I won't, I tell you!

StaffordThat's what you
think now.
Virginia-And it's what
I shall always think.

Send for you after

this! Come back to you and these same conditions! Never! Never! I'll die first.

Stafford - Lisber, if you leave me like this, you will have to come to me, or it will be-forever!

ten to

me for humiliated! I won't be told that I was bought and paid for! You've been able to say it up takes off her wedding-ring and places it on the table)

just a minute, dear! You don't

realize what you StaffordThe idea is preposterous, I tell are undertaking. You don't know what you. You couldn't voluntarily go back and you propose to do. Please, please don't do live as you did before. It isn't in human anything that is going to bring you so much nature. Since we were married, you have misery and unhappiness. Think it over a had every luxury that money could give and little while and then perhaps ——! luxury gets in the blood, my dear! Luxury l'irginia-My mind is made up. (She gets in the blood! It's got into mine. Could picks up her hat and places it on her head)


Fanny-I'm afraid. Virginia-It is, I tell you. (She puts on Jim--I'm not. I'm never afraid of any her hat)

game where I can't lose. Stafford-Don't do it, Virginia, I beg of you. For, remember, if you leave me like Jimmie goes to the 'phone, calls Stafford this, you will have to come to me, or it will up, and tells him that Virginia wants him to be-forever!

come for her. While Jimmie is 'phoning, Virginia --Then it will be forever. I Fanny, in an agony of fright, stands unconwon't be degraded and humiliated. I sciously crossing herself and saying her won't be told that I was bought and paid for. prayers. Virginia comes in from the shop, You've been able to say it up to now, but wet and bedraggled. While Fanny is getyou'll never be able to say it again. (She ting her some tea, Jimmie harks back to the indicates the jewels) There they are. I give old subject, and charges Virginia with haythem all back to you. (As her hand points ing ruined not only her own happiness, but to the jewels, she notices her rings) Ha! I'd theirs as well. Virginia is too tired and almost forgotten those. (She takes off her disheartened to defend herself, but she still rings and puts them on the table. Her wed

clings to her determination not to go back ding-ring remains on her finger. She looks to her husband. She goes to her room to from the ring to Stafford and makes as if to change. When she re-enters, Robert is in remove it)

the room.

The Gilleys have retreated to Stafford—(Protesting) Dear!

the kitchen. Virginia-Why not? Why not? (She Virginia-Robert! (There is a pause) takes off her wedding-ring, and places it on the You did come! You did! table. There is a pause. Stafford goes to the Stafford-Of course I did. table, picks up the ring, and reads the in- VirginiaI'm so happy, dear. Oh, I'm scription: From Robert to Virginia, with so happy. (She goes to Stafford, who takes eternal Love." Virginia goes out)

her in his arms)

Stafford-You're not a bit happier than Three months later finds the Gilleys living I am. away up in the Hundreds again. Virginia, Virginia-And you came for me! now earning seven dollars a week as a shop- Stafford-Of course, dear. Did you think girl, boards with them. Jimmie, dropped I wouldn't? by Stafford, is now earning thirteen dollars Virginia-Yes. a week. His wife is disgusted with him and Stafford-Why? his eternal schemes which come to nothing. Virginia-Because I thought I knew you She tells him so, but finally he makes her and understood you.

But I didn't. I listen to another of his great ideas. He knew you were fine and big, but you are declares that if Virginia and Stafford could finer and bigger than ever I imagined, and only be brought together, they would forget I adore you for it! Oh, my darling, you all their differences in their joy at seeing came for me! You came for me! each other again. His plan is simply to tele- Stafford-But, dear, 1-don't- -! phone to Stafford that Virginia has sent for Virginia-I've hoped and longed and him. Stafford, he is sure, will come at once, prayed that you would come for me, but thinking that Virginia has given in, and I didn't think you would. I imagined that Virginia, coming in and finding him, will

your pride wouldn't let you! think the same of him.

Stafford--My pride!

Virginia-Yes. You said you wouldn't Fanny-But if they found out?

come unless I sent for you. Jim—What would it matter, if they'd StaffordVirginia!

Virginia-I'm not reproaching you, dear. Fanny-But do you think it would be I mention it because it makes your coming right?

all the bigger and finer! Why, only five Jim-Oh, no! Certainly not! It would minutes before you rang the bell, I told Jimbe a terrible crime to unite a husband and mie there wasn't the slightest chance that it wife and fix up a broken home! To say would happen. But it did-and I'm the nothing of giving me back my regular job at happiest girl in all the world. You came for a hundred and fifty. Shall I?

me. Nothing else matters. (There is a

made up.

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