Poor, dear Margaret Kirby -- Bridging the years -- The tide-marsh -- What happened to Alanna -- The friendship of Alanna -- "S is for shiftless Susanna" -- The last Carolan -- Making allowances for mamma -- The measure of Margaret Coppered -- Miss Mix, kidnapper -- Shandon Waters -- Gayley the troubadour -- Dr. Bates and Miss Sally -- The gay deceiver -- The rainbow's end -- Rosemary's stepmother -- Austin's girl -- Rising water.
never sunk to that; it would not even have been a relief to a nature as self-sufficient and as cold as hers. But for years she had felt that her marriage tie was an irksome and distasteful bond, and only that afternoon she had been stung by the bitter fact that the state of affairs between her husband and herself was no secret from their world. A certain audacious newspaper had boldly hinted that there would soon be a sensational separation in the Kirby household, whose beautiful mistress would undoubtedly follow her first unhappy marital experience with another--and, it was to be hoped, a more fortunate--marriage.
Margaret had laughed when the article was shown her, with the easy flippancy that is the stock in trade of her type of society woman; but the arrow had reached her very soul, nevertheless.
So it had come to that, had it? She and John had failed! They were to be dragged through the publicity, the humiliations, that precede the sundering of what God has joined together. They had drifted, as so