The Strategy of Anne (1911)
One little world, just two people in it, Anne and Bob, comfortably seated before the fire's glow in a little tete-a-tete, absorbed in the oblivion of love. The stern parent of the young girl enters and commands the young man to make himself scarce and keep away from the susceptible young girl until she is of more mature age. To make sure, doubly sure, Anne's father sends her away to a boarding school, but not before she has acquainted Bob with the fact and tells him to follow her, that she cannot live without him. At the Hillsdale Academy for young ladies, Anne feels like a cat in a strange garret, and refuses to be comforted. Her schoolmates notice this, as well as the extreme vigilance which the preceptress exercises over the new arrival, pursuant to the instructions of the anxious father to see that his daughter does not neglect her studies for love's young dream. As the girls become better acquainted with Anne they learn the cause of her dejection, heartily sympathize with her and are ready to help her when Bob, faithful to his tryst, is discovered within the sacred precincts of the school, ready to do the Romeo and Juliet act at the first favorable opportunity. Throwing a note from the window to her gallant Bob, he loses no time in following out her plans, securing a ladder down which his sweetheart is to make her way into his arms. The girls have gotten permission form the principal to have a taffy pull, and while they are engaged in this sweet occupation, Anne is making all preparations to elope with her dear Bob, and it is not long before the young couple are on their way to the parson's to be cemented together for life. In answer to a note from the eagle-eyed preceptress, Anne's father arrives upon the scene just as a policeman is trying to solve the presence of the ladder underneath the open window. The preceptress, in her nightgown, appears at the window, the father rushes into the academy and into the room where the lady in her nightie is trying to extricate herself from the several pans of taffy which the girls left to cool. At the appearance of the excited parent, the head of the school, realizing her negligee attire, tries to escape. By this time, Anne's papa has become more mixed when he grasps the sticky hand of the lady and asks after his daughter. He is told that he is too late, that his daughter "has done gone and done it." The teacher rushes from the room, and the outwitted father falls down and out into a convenient chair.- Written by Moving Picture World synopsis
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