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Edgar Lee Masters (1868–1950).  Spoon River Anthology.  1916.

136. Mrs. Purkapile


HE ran away and was gone for a year. 
When he came home he told me the silly story 
Of being kidnapped by pirates on Lake Michigan 
And kept in chains so he could not write me. 
I pretended to believe it, though I knew very well         5
What he was doing, and that he met 
The milliner, Mrs. Williams, now and then 
When she went to the city to buy goods, as she said. 
But a promise is a promise 
And marriage is marriage,  10
And out of respect for my own character 
I refused to he drawn into a divorce 
By the scheme of a husband who had merely grown tired 
Of his marital vow and duty. 


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