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  • Two fast friends, Donald Scott and Elbert Kenyon, are very much in love with the same girl, Ethel Morris. She becomes engaged to Donald, but finally decides to marry Elbert. Donald is deeply grieved, but acknowledges that his means would not permit him to support Ethel in the same style in which her father has kept her, and is glad that Elbert's wealth will enable her to enjoy much more happiness than he could possibly give her. At the wedding, Donald acts as best man. On her way upstairs to put on her traveling suit, she picks from the floor the engagement ring which she had returned to Donald and which he had just dropped from his pocket. She looks at it. Donald, who is sitting meditatively nearby, rises from his chair, and taking her hands in his, tells her how he loves her, embraces her and tries to kiss her. She tells him that she is married to Elbert and he is not acting the part of a gentleman to presume upon catching her unprotected and alone. She tries to resist him and in her efforts to do so, a large bouquet of violets which she wears in her corsage is crushed by Donald's violent embrace. At this moment Elbert comes into the hallway and, seeing her agitation, asks her the cause. She tries to explain. He looks at the crushed bouquet and the violet stains on Donald's shirt front, leaves her, going from the house to a hotel, refusing all overtures. Donald finally calls upon Elbert, confesses his contemptible behavior and breach of friendship to him and his wife, and expressing the hope that Elbert will not hold Ethel guilty of any indiscretion, as he alone is guilty, and had urged the attentions, which she resisted. Elbert 'phones Ethel, tells her that he knows that she is innocent of any wrongdoing, and asks her to start at once on the honeymoon, which had been so ruthlessly interrupted by their false friend.

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