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TheProjectGutenbergEBookofThePrairieWife,byArthurStringer ThiseBookisfortheuseofanyoneanywhereatnocostandwith almostnorestrictionswhatsoever Youmaycopyit,giveitawayor re-useitunderthetermsoftheProjectGutenbergLicenseincluded withthiseBookoronlineatwww.gutenberg.org Title:ThePrairieWife Author:ArthurStringer Illustrator:H T Dunn ReleaseDate:July19,2006[EBook#18875] Language:English ***STARTOFTHISPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKTHEPRAIRIEWIFE*** ProducedbyRogerFrankandtheOnlineDistributed ProofreadingTeamathttp://www.pgdp.net ThePrairieWife Istoopedoverthetrap-doorandlifteditup "Getdowntherequick!" — Page109,ThePrairieWife THEPRAIRIEWIFE ByARTHURSTRINGER WithFrontispieceinColorby H T DUNN A L BURTCOMPANY PUBLISHERS – – NEWYORK PUBLISHEDBYARRANGEMENTWITHTHEBOBBS,MERRILL COMPANY COPYRIGHT1915 THECURTISPUBLISHINGCOMPANY COPYRIGHT1915 THEBOBBS-MERRILLCOMPANY TOVAN WHOKNOWSANDLOVES THEWEST ASWELOVEHIM! Contents ThursdaytheNineteenth SaturdaytheTwenty-first MondaytheTwenty-third WednesdaytheTwenty-fifth ThursdaytheTwenty-sixth SaturdaytheTwenty-eighth WednesdaytheFirst ThursdaytheSecond FridaytheThird SaturdaytheFourth MondaytheSixth WednesdaytheEighth SaturdaytheTenth SundaytheEleventh MondaytheTwelfth SundaytheEighteenth MondaytheNineteenth TuesdaytheTwentieth ThursdaytheTwenty-second SaturdaytheTwenty-fourth TuesdaytheTwenty-seventh ThursdaytheTwenty-ninth FridaytheFifth SundaytheSeventh TuesdaytheNinth SaturdaytheTwenty-first SundaytheTwenty-ninth MondaytheSeventh FridaytheEleventh SundaytheThirteenth 16 33 41 48 57 61 64 67 68 73 80 88 91 93 101 103 105 115 119 128 133 136 137 138 142 150 152 153 155 WednesdaytheSixteenth SundaytheTwentieth SundaytheTwenty-seventh WednesdaytheThirtieth ThursdaytheThirty-first SundaytheThird ThursdaytheSeventh SaturdaytheNinth MondaytheEleventh TuesdaytheNineteenth SundaytheThirty-first TuesdaytheNinth WednesdaytheSeventeenth ThursdaytheTwenty-fifth TuesdaytheSecond ThursdaytheFourth WednesdaytheSeventeenth SaturdaytheTwenty-seventh TuesdaytheSixth MondaytheTwelfth TuesdaytheTwentieth MondaytheTwenty-sixth WednesdaytheTwenty-eighth MondaytheSecond ThursdaytheFifth TuesdaytheTenth MondaytheSixteenth TuesdaytheTwenty-fourth FridaytheThird ThursdaytheNinth WednesdaytheFifteenth FridaytheSeventeenth SaturdaytheNineteenth 156 157 158 159 160 167 171 172 175 182 186 188 189 190 191 193 194 195 198 199 202 205 207 209 210 214 217 220 222 224 228 230 231 FridaytheTwenty-eighth SaturdaytheTwenty-ninth SundaytheThirtieth TuesdaytheFirst MondaytheSeventh SundaytheThirteenth MondaytheTwenty-eighth SaturdaytheSecond WednesdaytheSixth TuesdaytheTwelfth ThursdaytheFourteenth WednesdaytheFifth SundaytheNinth MondaytheTenth TuesdaytheEleventh WednesdaytheThirteenth ThursdaytheFourteenth FridaytheFifteenth SaturdaytheSixteenth MondaytheSeventeenth WednesdaytheNineteenth FridaytheTwenty-first MondaytheTwelfth WednesdaytheFourteenth ThursdaytheFifteenth FridaytheSixteenth SundaytheEighteenth SundaytheTwenty-fifth TuesdaytheTwenty-seventh WednesdaytheTwenty-eighth FridaytheThirtieth SundaytheFirst 233 234 236 237 243 247 249 251 252 254 255 256 260 262 264 265 267 269 272 275 276 277 290 292 295 298 307 308 309 310 313 314 THEPRAIRIEWIFE ThursdaytheNineteenth Splash! That's me, Matilda Anne! That's me falling plump into the pool of matrimonybeforeI'vehadtimetofallinlove!Andoh,MatildaAnne,Matilda Anne, I've got to talk to you! You may be six thousand miles away, but still you've got to be my safety-valve I'd blow up and explode if I didn't express myselftosomeone Forit'ssolonesomeouthereIcouldgoandcommunewith thegophers Thisisn'tatwenty-partletter,mydear,anditisn'tadiary It'sthe coralringI'mcuttingmyteethofdesolationon For,everysolong,I'vesimply gottositdownandtalktosomeone,orI'dgomad,clean,stark,staringmad,and bitethetopsoffthesweet-grass!Itmayevenhappenthiswillneverbesentto you ButIliketothinkofyoureadingit,someday,pagebypage,whenI'mfat andforty,or,what'smorelikely,whenDuncanhasmechainedtoacorral-postor finallyshutupinapaddedcell Foryouweretheonewhowasclosesttomein theolddays,MatildaAnne,andwhenIwasintroubleyouwerealwaysthestaff on which I leaned, the calm-eyed Tillie-on-the-spot who never seemed to fail me!AndIthinkyouwillunderstand Butthere'ssomuchtotalkaboutIscarcelyknowwheretobegin Thefunnypart ofitallis,I'vegoneandmarriedtheOtherMan Andyouwon'tunderstandthat abit,unlessIstartatthebeginning ButwhenIlookback,theredoesn'tseemto be any beginning, for it's only in books that things really begin and end in a singlelifetime Howsomever,asChinkieusedtosay,whenIleftyouandSchemingJackinthat funny little stone house of yours in Corfu, and got to Palermo, I found Lady Agatha and Chinkie there at the Hotel des Palmes and the yacht being coaled fromatrampsteamer'sbunkersintheharbor SoIwentonwiththemtoMonte Carlo WehadaterribletripallthewayuptotheRiviera,andIwasterriblyseasick, and those lady novelists who love to get their heroines off on a private yachtneverdreamthatinanythingbutduckpondweathertheordinaryyachtat sea is about the meanest habitation between Heaven and earth But it was at Monte Carlo I got the cable from Uncle Carlton telling me the Chilean revolution had wiped out our nitrate mine concessions and that your poor Tabby's last little nest-egg had been smashed In other words, I woke up and
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