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(1911)

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  • Audrey, a charming actress, but classed among the show girls, is invited with some of her stage companions, to have lunch with an old friend, by the name of Dr. Renfrew. The doctor and Audrey, eating together, talk over old times and renew their friendship; she takes his attentions seriously and becomes very much impressed with his pleasant companionship. Night after night the doctor attends the performance in which she appears as the "headliner," and never fails to greet her with generous applause and a bouquet of flowers as marks of admiration. To emphasize his friendship or infatuation he sends her a string of pearls, begging her to accept it as a souvenir of happy days gone by. Through a member of the company in which she is playing, she learns that Dr. Renfrew is married, and at her friend's suggestion redirects his note back to his wife. The next morning she goes to his home when his family is absent, confronts him with his duplicity, and tells him about returning the note. While she is there his wife rings the bell and Audrey pretends to be a patient of the doctor's; the wife unsuspecting, comes into the room with the morning's mail, among which is the redirected note. He opens it, the wife asks him to let her see it. He hesitates. "The Show Girl" takes the box of pearls from the bosom of her dress and places it on the table, then slipping from the room, she leaves the doctor and his wife alone. He gives the note to his wife and she reads: "Dear little girl, Accept this string of pearls as a souvenir of happy days gone by." Then he hands his wife the box of pearls. Audrey returns to the theater and in her dressing room along, weeps in sorrow with heart-breaking sobs for the man who was not worthy of her love with which he trifled, and which prompted her to save him from disgrace and his family from scandal.

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