An abused wife takes a shot at her husband, and, as a result, he reforms.

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There is really nothing in her life worth, living for: young, pretty, she is the wife of a vicious old gold prospector on the God-forsaken wastes of the frozen North: her life is one long session of suffering and drudgery, her existence with the prospector nothing but a series of abuses and unjustified violences. In this first scene, in fact, he is hurling at her the victuals, which she has placed before him, and which do not please him. And this even though a friend, a young man, is in the cabin visiting. When the brute leaves the cabin the visitor cannot help but tell her of his sympathy, and with no pretense at loving her, tells her that she can find relief if she will flee with him: it is not the proposition of a lover, but of a man. She feels that she needs the protection he offers, and, after gathering up her belongings, they both set out over the bleak, desolate snows, dragging a sled after them. They come to the cabin of an Indian and prepare to rest for the night. The runaway... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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7 February 1910 (USA)  »

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This is not novel, but it is interesting
4 March 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A melodramatic picture chiefly interesting because it reproduces far Northern scenery, representing possibilities of suffering which are unknown here. The story itself, a repetition of the familiar one of a wife abused by a husband who does not, or will not, understand her and treat her decently, and his realization of her value after he has received his lesson. This is not novel, perhaps, but it is interesting and is told in a convincing way that exerts an irresistible power upon the audience. No one pities him when he is shot and severely wounded by his wife, but there is some ground for sympathy for the man who befriended her and almost loses his life for doing it. The picture is, photographically, an improvement on some that have gone before and the acting is in harmony with the subject. - The Moving Picture World, February 19, 1910


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