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The Breath of Scandal (1913)

Nowhere on earth will gossip spread on speedier wings than in a country village. Consequently, when Mary Lane, the schoolmistress, affianced to the minister, is seen carrying a child in her... See full summary »

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The Village Minister
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Mary Lane - The Village Teacher
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Mrs. Wolf - The Village Gossip
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Nowhere on earth will gossip spread on speedier wings than in a country village. Consequently, when Mary Lane, the schoolmistress, affianced to the minister, is seen carrying a child in her arms concerning which she will tell nothing, her character is soon torn to tatters. And foremost among her traducers are Mrs. Wolf, the village gossip, and her son Joe, both pillars of the church. But the child is the daughter of Sarah, a village girl whom Mary prevented from putting an end to her misery. Mary undertakes to care for the unfortunate girl's child until the mother can make arrangements to leave the village. Mary's silence concerning the child, even when questioned by her sweetheart, causes the village to ostracize her, and she finds that the school door has been closed to her. Her troubles are capped by an order to leave the house where she has been boarding. Learning of the trouble her good angel has brought upon herself, Sarah denounces Joe Wolf. The villagers urge Mary to resume ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Not an essentially new plot
22 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

This film develops an interesting situation, wherein a young school teacher takes the child of a despondent mother about to commit suicide. The teacher comes m for much condemnation from the village gossips, but in the end she is cleared. The son of a wealthy family is found to be responsible for the child and he marries the young mother. Not an essentially new plot, but strongly handled and with good characterizations. - The Moving Picture World, October 4, 1913


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