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363 is a man's world, that women do not have an equal chance to win, owe it to
364 them- selves to study carefully the life of this unusual woman, who, at an age
365 which most women consider "old," captured the affections of the most desirable
366 bachelor in the entire world.
367 And what of King Edward? What lesson may we learn from his part in the
368 world's greatest drama of recent times? Did he pay too high a price for the
369 affections of the woman of his choice?
370 Surely no one but he can give the correct answer. The rest of us can only
371 conjecture. This much we know, the king came into the world without his own
372 consent.
373 He was born to great riches, without requesting them. He was persistently sought
374 in marriage; politicians and statesmen throughout Europe tossed dowagers and
375 princesses at his feet. Because he was the first born of his parents, he inherited a
376 crown, which he did not seek, and perhaps did not desire. For more than forty
377 years he was not a free agent, could not live his life in his own way, had but little
378 privacy, and finally assumed duties inflicted upon him when he ascended the
379 throne.
380 Some will say, "With all these blessings, King Edward should have found peace
381 of mind, contentment, and joy of living." The truth is that back of all the
382 privileges of a crown, all the money, the fame, and the power inherited by King
383 Edward, there was an emptiness which could be filled only by love.
384 His greatest DESIRE was for love. Long before he met Wallis Simpson, he
385 doubt- less felt this great universal emotion tugging at the strings of his heart,
386 beating upon the door of his soul, and crying out for expression. And when he
387 met a kindred spirit, crying out for this same Holy privilege of expression, he
388 recognized it, and without fear or apology, opened his heart and bade it enter. All
389 the scandalmongers in the world cannot destroy the beauty of this international
390 drama, through which two people found love, and had the courage to face open
391 criticism, renounce ALL ELSE to give it holy expression.

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