O'Hara as a Guardian Angel (1913)
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After they move to their new home, Tom starts working hard on his inventions and rather inclines to neglect his wife, Aileen. She grows rather bitter and tries to persuade him that she would much rather have less money and more of his society, but he cannot understand her point of view. One night Tom brings home Bob Barrett, one of his chums, to supper, and he makes himself very agreeable to Aileen, who is considerably flattered by his attentions. O'Hara sees trouble ahead, but is unable to do anything to avert it. Tom gets a letter from Julius Blake, a promoter, asking him to call and explain his invention, and has to break an engagement with Aileen to go there. When he finds that she is angry, he suggests that Bob Barrett can take her to the theater in his place. After this Tom becomes more and more engrossed in his work and has less time to give attention to his wife, who greatly feels his neglect. Bob continually flatters the young woman and worms himself into her good graces, taking Tom's place whenever he wants to stay at home with his work, which frequently happens. One night O'Hara comes to the house to see his grandchild and finds him alone, his mother having gone out for a walk with Bob. He puts the little boy to bed and stays up in the room with him until he falls asleep. While he is still upstairs with the boy, Aileen and Bob return from their walk and enter the house. Bob commences to make love to Aileen and tries to take her in his arms and kiss her, whispering to her that her husband no longer cares for her, and suggesting that she go away with him. She suddenly realizes the danger she is in and calls loudly for help, being heard by her father, O'Hara. O'Hara comes downstairs and angrily orders Bob from the house, telling him never to enter its doors again. Then he comforts his daughter and makes her see how foolishly she has been acting. Tom comes in later, thoroughly disheartened. The promoter, Blake, has stolen all his ideas and refuses to recompense him in any way for them. Aileen comforts her husband in his sorrow, while O'Hara reminds them that they still have their home and their child and tells them not to worry over what might have been. Drawn together by their deeper knowledge of themselves, Tom and Aileen find that their true happiness lies in consideration for one another, and bless O'Hara for all that he has done for them.
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