horrible carelessless at Grace�s ac-
couchment. She was hot in bed,
so what must Mort do but lift her
out, on to a settee, beside an open
window, and this in December!
They congratulated one another on
their successful defiance of the doctor.
�It almost seems as if he
wanted to kill her!� commented
Mrs Edwards, narrating this. If
Grace had lived, indeed, Mort�s squander-
ing her money must have been dis-
covered to her. When his first wife,
poor little �Chips� was in labor,
the fool and brute put his head into
the room and checked the birth
for half an hour. There was a
regular drunken howl about her
bed, too. Ah well ! the poor young
wives may compare experiences,
now, where he won�t come in a
hurry. I shall live to believe in
original sin after all, I�m afraid.