|Title||The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists|
his manner and tone indicating that he thought he was behaving with great generosity. He would be willing to forgive her and have her back, he said, if she would come: but he would never be able to tolerate the child. Of course it might be sent to an orphanage or some similar institution, but he was afraid Ruth would never consent to that, and he knew that her stepmother would not take it.
`If you can persuade her to return to you, we'll take the child,' said Owen.
`Do you think your wife would be willing?'
`She has already suggested doing so.'
`No: to me. We thought it a possible way for you, and my wife would like to