The Single Standard

1
For a number of generations
men have done as they 
pleased -- and women have 
done as men pleased --

2
"Hate to send you 
home alone, girls -- 
but our wives are 
    waiting!"

3
"Holy Smoke -- there's a 
witness to the crime!"

4
"Hello, Arden! Playing
       hookey?"

5
"Dear John -- attentive 
as a bridegroom still --"

6
"I've had three husbands --
and the most attentive
was the biggest liar of 
      them all!"

7
"I'll bet you saw a lot 
tonight -- besides the 
        moon!"

8
"Don't worry -- I shan't
tell. I know lots more
than that -- about you 
        men!"

9
"You're a good sport, 
Arden. A man would
never need to lie to 
       you."

10
"Mercedes, where's that 
sister of mine hiding?"

11
"Mustn't separate you 
honeymooners -- --
  I'll get Arden."

12
"Tommy's so unlucky 
at cards -- -- he ought 
to be a knockout at 
      love!"

13
"I know I'm being rude, 
Tommy -- but I couldn't
stand it in there any 
       longer!"

14
"I'm sick of cards and
hypocrites! I want life
to be honest -- --
     exciting!"

15
"I know I'm not exciting
-- but I love you, Arden
-- I wish you'd marry
      me -- --"

16
"Let's go for a drive --
I feel like doing seventy!"

17
"You're not going for a 
 drive at this hour?"

18
"Arden -- you mustn't be
seen so much with your 
chauffeur. What will
  people think?"

19
"Confess you're an ace-
aviator -- son of Lord
Kendall -- and they'll
try to marry you to 
 their daughters!"

20
"I'm no credit to the family.
Your friendship's the first
decent thing I've known 
   since the war."

21
"I'm a cad, Arden --
I shouldn't allow you
   to be here --"

22
"Why shouldn't I be 
here -- if you are -- ?"

23
"You're a girl -- you
can't get away with
the things a man
    can --"

24
"What difference whether
girl or man? Both have
the right to -- life --"

25
"I don't believe in half
measures -- I want to
  live honestly --"

26
"Get out of that car and 
pack your things! You're
   leaving tonight!"

27
"No -- no -- it was my fault!
    I asked him to go!"

28
Thus closed the first 
chapter of Arden's 
life. Months later
she was still trying to 
understand it -- --

29
"Come with us, Arden --
it's a good show. And
poor Tommy will be so 
disappointed -- --"

30
"I'm walking alone because
I want to walk alone."

31
"Is that Packy Cannon,
    the painter?"

32
"Painter -- ex-sailor --
and prize-fighter -- !"

33
"Sorry, Madam -- the
exhibition is closed."

34
"Make yourself at
       home!"

35
"Paintin' pictures -- --
you that was an honest
prize-fighter! Bet you
couldn't knock me out
        now!"

36
"Want to see a fight?"

37
"It won't be long now!"

38
"Get me a drink of water."

39
"Still sailing for the South
  Seas tomorrow -- -- or
   changed your mind?"

40
"I'm still sailing."

41
"Want company?"

42
"I'm sailing alone."

43
"Wait."

44
"If you paint like you 
fight -- -- I'll let you
  paint my old Buick!"

45
"Most people don't believe
       I can read."

46
"Does anyone know the 
philosophy of love?"

47
"There are many theories
about love -- but only
one answer: equality --
and perfect freedom!"

48
"That's what I think!"

49
"You can't go now --
   in the rain!"

50
"I came in the rain.
    I like it."

51
"You're a strange girl --
don't want to let you 
      go -- --"

52
"I sail at eight. Have
breakfast with me
on the 'All Alone'."

53
"Where's Packy? We
want a story on the 
little private knockout 
    last night!"

54
"Write anything you 
like -- -- Packy won't 
  read it anyway!"

55
"Nine o'clock, sir!"

56
"Five minutes more."

57
"It's Arden Stuart!"

58
Further south....past
pale, dreaming islands
...in eternal sunlight...

59
Weeks....months....
strange lands...lonely
seas....the blazing
Southern Cross...the
fiery tropic sun....

60
"Reverse course!"

61
"Packy, we're turning 
       back!"

62
"But you're not taking 
me home? We'll still
go on -- -- together?"

63
"No, Arden, we must 
 go on -- alone."

64
"Arden -- I've got work to
do -- work that takes my
life -- -- sooner or later I'd
make you unhappy, and
I couldn't bear that -- --"

65
"But, Packy, we're both 
free -- there's nothing to 
   spoil our love -- "

66
"Arden, don't you under-
stand? Our love has
been so perfect -- -- we
must keep it so always --
   in memory -- --"

67
"You're not going to invite
Arden Stuart -- after that
disgraceful scandal -- ?"

68
"You'd be proud to 
entertain the famous 
  Packy Cannon,
 wouldn't you?"

69
"Well, what's sauce for 
the gander -- -- is no 
longer apple-sauce for 
     the goose!"

70
"You're lovelier than 
  ever, Arden -- --
dangerously lovely --"

71
"I wonder what men 
can see in a girl like 
   Arden Stuart --"

72
"It's the South Sea
 flavor, my dear."

73
"Isn't it all glorious?"

74
"Arden -- -- you don't
have to pretend -- --
    with me -- --"

75
"Marry me, Arden -- let
me take care of you.
That's all I ask -- --"

76
"I'd be afraid -- always --
that Packy might come 
    back -- --"

77
"I'll risk that, Arden --
I'll hold you -- against
    everything --"

78
In the fever-haunted
interior of China --

79
"How long do we travel 
on this rotten river 
before we reach the 
   'All Alone'?"

80
"Nearly a month, sir."

81
"Daddy says it's time to
   go home, Mama --"

82
"Arden -- I had to come 
back -- -- I must see 
     you -- --"

83
"Arden -- are you --
      afraid?"

84
"I -- don't -- know."

85
"The stores are aboard, 
sir. Are we sailing 
      tomorrow?"

86
"I'll let you know."

87
"That cat's getting ready
      to scratch!"

88
"I told you so! I knew
  Arden's marriage
  would never last!"

89
"Yes -- -- we saw
Cannon today. Arden's 
arranging a dinner for
him tomorrow -- --"

90
"Everything is -- just
     the same --"

91
"Everything!"

92
"Arden -- I couldn't work --
I couldn't think! Nothing
in the world counted but
you -- you in my arms --"

93
"You're in my heart -- you 
belong to me -- I'll never
   let you go again --"

94
"Packy -- I'll go with you
--anywhere -- anywhere
    in the world!"

95
"I must be getting old.
The lights are still on --
and I want to go home."

96
"Arden, let me go with 
you -- we'll talk to him 
    -- together."

97
"No -- -- I must see
 Tommy -- alone --"

98
"Have you seen Tommy?"

99
"Arden was here 
 tonight -- ?"

100
"Yes -- -- we're going 
away -- -- she went
back to talk to you."

101
"Coffee and pistols 
    for two?"

102
"For one."

103
"For me?"

104
"When she comes --
you're going to -- --
 send her back!"

105
"Tomorrow I'll go on a 
hunting trip -- there
will be an accident --
Arden will be honorably 
      free --"

106
"I won't have a scandal,
Cannon. This time
our emotions don't
matter -- there is a
child to think of --"

107
"If you don't send Arden
back -- you're the one --
    that will go!"

108
"I can't go, Packy -- --
I can't! There's my
    son -- --"

109
"He'll be grown up some
day -- I couldn't bear to
have him look at me with
the contempt I saw in
people's eyes tonight -- --"

110
"Are you sure, Arden --
deep in your heart?
You'll never be sorry -- ?"

111
"I'm sure, Packy. One man
will always be first in my 
life -- and he is --
      my son."

112
"Try to understand, Packy --
everything is changed. My
life belongs to others now --
     not to myself."

113
"Tommy -- -- there's
something I want to
 tell you -- --"

114
"You don't need to tell 
me anything, dear --
  I understand --"

115
"These guns are full 
     of rust."

116
"There's some oil in 
   your cabinet."

117
"No -- I looked there."

118
"Thanks, dear -- -- I'll
    fix them later."

119
"Arden -- you've given
me the happiest three 
years of my life -- --"

120
"Tommy -- I wanted to 
tell you -- -- I am no
longer -- -- afraid."

The End

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