The Little Bride of Heaven (1912)
Little Carmelita and her mother are extremely poor, so poor that, as the time approaches for her to take her first communion, there is no money to buy clothes. She has studied hard, looking forward to this important event in her life with great joy, and is therefore heartbroken when she learns that it is impossible to procure the clothes. She feels her position keenly, especially as several of her little friends visit her and display their pretty white dresses, etc. They ask to see her clothes too, but she is forced to admit that she has none and bursts out crying. Her faith is terribly shaken and throwing her catechism at the feet of the Virgin she rushes from the house. Outside she meets Pharos, a newsboy, who tells her of a wigmaker who has admired her beautiful hair and is willing to pay her six dollars for it. Carmelita sees her opportunity to have her dress after all and goes to the wigmaker's, where her beautiful tresses are cut and she is the happy possessor of six dollars. Emerging from the shop she faces Pharos, who stares at her horror-struck and hurries away. Carmelita catches sight of herself in the window. She too is frightened at the change in her appearance and hurries home. Here she finds the owner of the tenement threatening to eject her mother unless the two months' rent is paid immediately. Carmelita, after a struggle, sacrifices the money for her dress and pays the rent. Her mother demanding the source of the money, discovers Carmelita's shorn head and realizing what the sacrifice must have cost her, gently folds her in her arms. Mrs. Litinsky, a neighbor, who has witnessed the scene now steals softly out of the room leaving mother and daughter alone. Going to her own home she gets from a trunk in the cellar a little white dress, veil, wreath, slippers, etc., in which her own dead child Rachel had been confirmed. Meantime Carmelita and her mother burn a candle and offer a prayer to the Holy Mother and with peace in their hearts go out together. Mrs. Litinsky, who has been watching for their going, now slips upstairs and laying Rachel's white clothes before the little altar, quietly slips out. Carmelita finds them there when she returns. Her surprise quickly turns to joy, for surely, the Holy Mother had heard her prayer and performed this miracle. Next Sunday, at the bead of the procession Carmelita walked with a grateful heart and an inspired soul for, of all the little brides of Heaven, her faith was strongest.- Written by Moving Picture World synopsis
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