When the young widow's period of official mourning was over, she immediately began to take renewed interest in society. Her husband had left her plenty of money. So she carefully looked over her friends to see which she would permit to lead her to the altar, and her choice fell upon a popular physician. To be one of his patients was almost to have social standing, so the widow found that her health was in a most deplorable state, and visited the doctor's reception parlor almost daily. He told her there was nothing the matter with her, but she insisted. The doctor was a guest at a dinner party given by the young widow one night, and there he met a girl to whom he was at once attracted. She was a timid, shabby little creature, a poor relation of the widow. The widow had a little girl, of whom she was gushingly fond in public, and more or less mean to, in private. The child had been banished to bed while the dinner party was on, and finding a box of matches, proceeded to amuse herself ...
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