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Title: 'Oh, Well, You Know How Women Are!' AND 'Isn't That Just Like a Man!'  'Oh, Well, You Know How Women Are!' by Cobb; and 'Isn't  That Just Like a Man!' by Rinehart Author: Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb  Mary Roberts Rinehart Release Date: January 12, 2008 [EBook #24259] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK HOW WOMEN ARE ***
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“OH, WELL, YOU KNOW HOW WOMEN ARE!”
BY
IRVIN S. COBB
AUTHOR OF “THE LIFE OF THE PARTY,” “BACK HOME,” “OLD JUDGE PRIEST,” ETC.
NEW YORK GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY
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COPYRIGHT, 1920, BY GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY
COPYRIGHT, 1919, BY THE CROWELL PUBLISHING COMPANY
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“OH, WELL, YOU KNOW HOW WOMEN ARE!”
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