When Gregory Van Houten went to the country to recuperate he intended to remain only a few weeks and then return to plunge into the swirl of city gaieties. But when Van Houten returned he brought with him a country girl wife and set upon himself the seal of new duties and obligations. Jean Haskins was the daughter of Farmer Haskins who owned the place where Van Houten boarded. She was a simple child of nature, trustful and devoted to the new ideals of happiness that Van Houten brought into her young life. Farmer Haskins warned the young folks that they were storing trouble for themselves in marrying; he told them that their lives had been so different that they would eventually find that they could not continue happily. They, nevertheless, were married, and the Van Houtens returned to town happy. At the first social function the Van Houtens attended Gregory realized that his wife had not been prepared for the butterfly life. One of Gregory's club friends, James Hanley, saw in the ...
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