The Chains of an Oath (1913) Poster

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The life of the Russian peasant means hard work, with little opportunity for education, pleasure or refinement; one continuous grind and scant existence. Donia, a pretty girl, lives in the midst of these surroundings, and when she hears from one of her countrymen who has returned from America of the possibilities and advantages of liberty and advancement in the country across the sea, she asks her father's permission to return to America with their friend. At first he refuses to give his consent, but after some persuasion, however, on the part of the visitor he grants it. She packs up her few belongings and takes leave of her family and friends. Gregory, to whom she is betrothed, more through custom than love, is disturbed and asks her why she is going away when she is engaged to him. Her father assures Gregory that she will return, and she further assures him by making the same promise. In confirmation of this promise her father insists that she take an oath to that effect. Donia ...

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