playing the terrible rôle of an innocent and yet degraded victim.
Even to an old-fashioned American the word divorce does not carry with it the odious significance it bears to the most careless Englishwoman. He had envisaged a short scandal, and then his and Peggy's marriage. But he had been compelled, almost at once, to recognise that with her any such solution was impossible.
As to another alternative? True, there are women--he and Margaret Pargeter had known many such--who regard what they call love as a legitimate distraction; to them the ignoble, often sordid, shifts involved in the pursuit of a secret intrigue are as the salt of life; but this solution of their tragic problem would have been--or so Vanderlyn would have sworn till four days ago--impossible to the woman he loved, and this had added one more stone to the pedestal on which she had been placed by him from the day they had first met.
And yet? Yet so inconsequent and so illogical is our poor human nature, that she,