Lillian Cobb’s marriage to Walter Murphy was not a happy one. It is not surprising since from the outset, Lillian reluctantly married Walter, her father’s choice, while at the time being in love with William MacLachlan, the prospective son-in-law her father would never accept (see song, “The Butterfly of Tyler”).
Walter Murphy was a successful businessman, parlaying his law degree into a series of successful business ventures with some of his clients. He had built a large mansion in Waxahachie, Texas, for his wife and children: Peter his oldest son born in 1917, Nora in 1920 and his youngest Andrew in 1928, following two miscarriages in between the last two.
Walter did not know that his wife Lillian, after ten faithful years, had ultimately been unfaithful to him, with William MacLachlan, with whom she had remained in love since the outset of their marriage.
Things got worse for Walter and Lillian when his fortune was devastated in the Great Depression. With their wealth gone, Lillian and Walter could no longer sustain the fiction of their marriage, and it happened that during one of their many arguments Lillian flung Willy MacLachlan in Walter’s face. They were divorced in 1931, Lillian retaining custody of their three kids.
Lillian and Willy had a small private wedding without delay, but ironically, without the excitement that their illicit affair had produced, the routine of day-to-day married life had the effect of cooling their romance somewhat. However, they remained married since there was always warm affection, and they had two children, in addition to Lillian’s three from her former marriage.
LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON (F.D. Leone, Jr.) They’d meet in the house her husband built But never in her bedroom She didn’t second-guess, felt no guilt Love in the afternoon Told herself she’d earned this happiness She didn’t choose her husband, he was her father’s groom After ten faithful years she had a dalliance Love in the afternoon It happened by accident On one of her trips back home they fell together Eyebrows were raised, there were comments But it was no surprise those two were lovers Her marriage had grown cold over the years The papers were drawn up very soon Down the road for her it was crystal clear Love in the afternoon The lovers cast their lot in the marriage game But sadly the blush was off the bloom Their life became routine and was not the same As love in the afternoon It happened by accident On one of her trips back home they fell together Eyebrows were raised, there were comments But it was no surprise those two were lovers They’d meet in the house her husband built But never in her bedroom She didn’t second-guess, felt no guilt Love in the afternoon © 2019 Frank David Leone, Jr./Highway 80 Music (ASCAP). The songs and stories on the Highway 80 Stories website are works of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.