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told strangers the most remarkable stories, usually of such a nature as to make her interesting and an object of
sympathy, but which tended to blacken the reputation of her family. She lost place after place at work, was
sent to a hospital to become a nurse and demoralized her associates by her lies and her thefts. She was a very
sweet girl in every other way, kindly, generous, self-sacrificing, studious even, and her character-contradiction
made people reluctant to believe she was not insane. She was discharged from the hospital, stayed at home for
a few months,--and then came the miracle. She obtained a place in a large business house and worked there
for seven years or up till the time of her marriage. She was steadily promoted and was accounted the most
reliable and honest employee of the establishment. She handled money and goods, was absolutely truthful and
her earnest efficiency was noteworthy. Her private life was in complete harmony with this business career.
She helped her parents, who are poor, dressed modestly, studied nights and yet showed the same fondness for
dancing and good times that the normal girl does. She met a promising young business man who fell
immediately in love with this demure looking young woman, and they were later married. Once I asked her
how the reform came about. "I don't know myself," she answered frankly. "I never was happy--when I was the
other way. I always vowed reform, but when there was money around I'd think and think about it until it was
mine. Then I'd spend it in a silly way to get rid of it fast. I craved good things, and you know how poor we
were. Then I lied just to have people like me and pity me, even though I called myself a fool while doing it.
Often, often I tried to reform and for a week or two would be real good. Then perhaps I'd see some money,
and I'd try to think of something else. But that money would come to my mind, and I'd get hot and dizzy
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