He had no thought, but to work and save money. His poor wife did nothing but drudge, with no return other than an existence. This cannot last; it poisons one's spirit in time. Bay after day... See full summary »

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Harry Hyde ...
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He had no thought, but to work and save money. His poor wife did nothing but drudge, with no return other than an existence. This cannot last; it poisons one's spirit in time. Bay after day it was work, without an affectionate word or glance from her husband, who always met her plea for a new hat or dress with the expression, "We cannot afford it; we must save our money. Besides, your hat and dress are good enough." One day, a young man stops at the farmhouse to get a drink of water. He imagines from her sad face that all is not as it should be, and tells her that her eyes are too beautiful for tears and her hands too delicate to carry the burdens set for her. The husband sees and hears and is at last made to realize that her life, without the sunshine of love, is but a little better than death, and so he makes a change for the better. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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The picture ought to go home to a good many people
19 November 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Here is another tract; but one that is in part very artistic. It has good acting and a very tense climax with breathless suspense. One scene seems over-careful in its plainness. The effect is as though one were reading in words with divided syllables. It deals, as all good tracts must deal, with a homely, simple and very human situation and presents it to us very effectively. It is almost universal in its appeal. The husband runs his farm; his wife keeps the house, does the cooking, washing, cleaning, sewing, churning and what not. The husband is ambitious and hard-working; but he is not affectionate. He is saving money and laying up for himself, his children, and perhaps his grandchildren, a good reputation and a hard heart. His wife is more human than he, is of finer fibre, has needs that he won't recognize and is being mercilessly worn out. The man gets a sharp lesson and profits by it. The picture ought to go home to a good many people. It is pretty well photographed. We liked it; the audience also seemed to like it. The lesson comes through a sportsman on a fishing expedition, who stops several times at the farm house and wants the woman to run away with him. - The Moving Picture World, June 1, 1912


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