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Yes, undoubtedly revenge is sweet and the jilted girl in this picture determined to obtain satisfaction for the slight she suffered, but the means taken, sending the love letters of a certain young man who was to be married to another by messenger to the new fiancée was not calculated to achieve the most certain results. However, she relented after the letters had gone, and pursued the boy to get them back, only to discover that he had dropped them from a bridge into the river below. One doesn't quite see the value of this subject for motion picture reproduction. It has very little dramatic power and while the company makes the most of the opportunities, it must be confessed that these are too few and too insignificant to create any material interest. It is possible that the suggestion is sufficient to compensate for the loss in dramatic interest, but one is disposed to dispute that view and to consider that the picture contains no more than a slight interest which may be fleeting or not, as the individual receives the impression. - The Moving Picture World, December 4, 1909
This offering does not encourage the viewer to enter into the story in any shape or form. It is unengaging, with no emphasis on detail or exploration of meaning in the subject matter. It is a close observation of pathetic characters set up by the 34 year old D.W. Griffith. His themes as a director is to express himself artistically through his actors. His players are merely an extension of his personality, and his identity is revealed in his characters. I felt this five minute project needed a fresh approach in order to say something new. Griffith has the habit of saying the same thing in the same way in all of his films. This one is no exception.
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