When Jane and Margaret's father died, the two sisters found themselves without a cent in the world. Jane, a helplessly inefficient girl, would soon have succumbed to the force of adverse circumstances, but Margaret was made of different stuff. So, while Jane stayed at home and wept, Margaret went out, took a position as stenographer, and supported the little family. In the course of time, Jane married. If she had married a man with even a moderately respectable salary, Margaret might have been relieved of some portion of her burden. Instead, Jane married a sallow youth with an insecure salary of fifteen dollars a week, and small prospects of advancement. Shortly after Jane's marriage, Margaret met Edward McBride, a wealthy man whose life was devoted to the untiring pursuit of pleasure. The strength of Margaret's character, her fearlessness, her common sense, all so different from the qualities he had observed in the women of his acquaintance, aroused a keen interest in the jaded ...
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