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An intensely dramatic subject, acted with all the power and ability displayed in the Biograph productions. The curse of drink is used as a basis for a heart story which develops a sad ending, because an honorable woman believes she must expiate the appearance of a wrong which was never committed. The last meeting between the lovers, after the husband's suicide, is realistic, and one feels like rushing forward and offering a solution of the problem which will satisfy them that they have committed no wrong and that both are entitled to whatever happiness may be in store for them in the future. The determination of the widow to lead a penitential life, as expiation, is an artistic ending for the story; but a melodramatic ending, with the lovers united, would please the average audience much better. The dramatic quality of this picture is unquestioned. That it is a little out of the ordinary adds to its attractiveness. The photography is excellent. The film should be a favorite, especially with those who enjoy good drama. - The Moving Picture World, November 6, 1909
This particular short film conceded no entertainment value whatsoever. It was a money spinner that was in demand with the Monday and Thursday screenings. It was like reading a boring short story that made no impact at all.
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