To Save Her Soul (1909)
Agnes, a singer in a country church, is practicing one day when a vaudeville manager hears her and offers her a job. Over the objections of the curate who loves her, she accepts the offer and goes to the city. Later the curate goes to hear Agnes perform and, fearing that her soul is being corrupted by show business, he asks her to return to the small town with him. When she refuses, he is prepared to kill her in order to protect the purity of her soul. This brings about her change of heart, and together they return to the little church.- Written by Anonymous
How fervent should be our prayer "Lead us not into temptation," for temptation is the germ which inoculates us with the fatal disease of sin. In just this position was placed Agnes Holley, the pretty little choir singer of the village church. Paul Redmond is the young curate of the church and has taken quite a fancy to the little singer, not fully realizing that he deeply loved her until one day while Agnes was practicing the music on the organ her beautiful voice attracted the attention of a party in an automobile that has become disabled on the road outside the church. The occupant of the auto is none other than a great vaudeville manager, who, struck with this fresh young voice, offers the little singer an opportunity to shine at his music hall. It is now that Paul realizes how much he loves the girl, and appreciating the danger, that may beset her, tries to persuade her not to accept the offer. Despite his pleading she goes and is soon introduced into a new and dazzling circle. Arduous study and rehearsals fit her for her debut, and her first night is a triumph. She is destined to become the toast of Bohemia. Paul reads in the newspapers of her success and decides to go to see her. He views her performance with elation until he hears the flippant remarks of the men seated around him. He feels that her fate will be that of the oft told story, and he resolves to save her. Hastening to the stage, he arrives just after she has left with one of the reckless swells on their way to a banquet given in her honor. Upon arriving at the house, he forces his way into the banquet hall, and the sight that greets him freezes his blood. Wine is flowing like water, and little Agnes, with a glass of champagne in her hand is standing upon a chair about to respond to a toast to herself. Paul's abrupt entrance is met with derision, but Agnes, stunned at his appearance, consents to an interview in the anteroom. Here she, now inflamed by the wine, derides and mocks him, and refuses to go away from this awful place with him, when he espies a revolver, and crazed by jealous love, would have killed her that her soul might remain pure. This move is a shock to Agnes, and it tends to awaken in her the love for Paul that has laid dormant all the while. She now appreciates the escape she has made, and we next find them kneeling side by side at the altar of the little village church giving thanks to God for her deliverance and His blessings.- Written by Moving Picture World synopsis
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