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(1917)

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  • Julia Davenant is the neglected daughter of a Parisian dancer who tires of the life she leads, commits suicide and with her last breath tells Julie not to trust men. Julie begins her battle with life as a nursemaid. John Ramsey, a sculptor, spies the beautiful little girl, gives her his card, and when she is discharged from her position as nursemaid poses as his model. She becomes the most talked-of model in Paris, and Hermineux, a modiste, pays her a handsome sum to have her likeness made in wax, on which he displays his gowns. Julie meets Melville Ilchester, who seems "different." He also falls deeply in love with her. Ilchester, to satisfy a query in his mind if Julie is really "different," goes to her flat at night and walks in just as she, on a dare, takes a sip of wine and lights a cigarette. He refuses to listen to her explanation. In a moment of despair, Ilchester smashes both window and model at the Hermineux shop. Julie surmises Helen (who is Ilchester's sister) and Ramsey's plan to elope, sends Ilchester a note to go to Ramsey's because a friend is in danger, tells Helen that Ramsey is married and hides her as Ilchester enters Ramsey's studio. Ilchester, believing this is a ruse of Julie's, leaves, still refusing to allow Julie to explain. Heartbroken she abandons her profession as a model and becomes destitute. She sends Ilchester a last note of appeal, which Helen accidentally sees, and after hearing the truth from his sister, Ilchester hastens to Julie, explanations are made and their happiness is assured.

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