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    Louise Closser Hale (Author)

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1909. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... I HAD a long talk with my social referee that night, and I must say that he behaved very humanly and laughed off his beard several times. 'Now, had you been with me,' he explained, 'of course, knowing you as well as I do, I could have paid your way in.' This made me very fiery. 'You would have done nothing of the sort,' I declared. 'You and I are comrades--we work together, draw salaries together, and when I go out with a member of the company I expect to pay my share. Every actress feels as I do: that's one of the joys of being an actress. Why, if we allowed the men in the company to buy our late suppers, for instance, we wouldn't be able to go out with them when we wanted to, but have to hang about looking hungry, and wait for an invitation just like those poor, dependent females who don't work for a living.' The umpire modified his statement. 'I meant it would be no sign of disrespect for me to have put the four shillings in your hand or to have slipped the money to the gate people. And I'm sure'--a little guiltily--'before my wife and I were married, even though we were in a company together, that I paid for her supper.' 'Of course you did,' I rejoined. 'That's because she was ceasing to be a comrade and was becoming something dearer, if--if there can be anything dearer,' I gulped, 'than to be a man's comrade.' 'You'll know better some day,' interrupted the Englishman at this, but quietly. 'Anyway,' I rushed on, to check his train of thought, or mine, 'there's nothing more interesting to the outsider than to watch the delicate transition from comrades to sweethearts. You know this always happens on the road at home. New York is not conducive to matchmaking in a company.' 'Too much Lambs' Club,' chuckled the referee. 'Yes,' I assented. 'It's a regular society...
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