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  • Sir Brian, an irascible old gentleman, who suffers from gout, receives a note saying his son Gerald is very ill at college, and asking him to come to Dublin. He is too ill to go so he gets his friend, Captain Jenks, to go instead of him. Jenks finds Gerald being nursed by a pretty girl and soon discovers that Gerald is in love with her. On inquiry he finds her in every way worthy of him, but he is afraid of how Sir Brian will take it. Gerald broaches the subject to his father and he flies into a furious rage and turns him out of the house. He will not listen to his friend Captain Jenks, when he tries to plead for them with him. Gerald marries Mona and takes up literary work, assisted by Jenks. In course of time a son is born to Gerald and Mona, but Sir Brian will not become reconciled. Then he is taken very ill. A nurse is required and Captain Jenks contrives that Mona shall fill the position. Sir Brian admires her and learns to love her, and when she leaves, he asks her to come and see him. She returns with her child and tells him who she is. At this point Gerald enters the room and tells his father of his marriage. The heart of the old man is softened and he takes his grandson and daughter in-law in his arms and is reconciled to Gerald, while Captain Jenks has the happiness of seeing the efficacy of his diplomacy.


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