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  • "True love," like Willis Bland's, does not count cost nor consequences; nothing is too good for Elma Ransom, to whom he is paying attention. He is generous to a fault. Even Elma's little brothers share his generosity, he extending his kindnesses most liberally. Elma grows tired of his continued devotion and acts bored and indifferent. Willis' eyes are suddenly opened and he changes his tactics. "Absence makes the heart grow fonder." He stays away from Elma for a whole month, and doesn't even 'phone or write her. She grows anxious and unhappy. When she telephones him, he refuses to answer, instructing his valet to take the message, saying: "Willis is too busy to answer." Elma meets him in an ice-cream parlor with his sister; she thinks she has a rival. He spreads a report that he is going abroad. She requests him to call and say good-bye. He does so and bids her farewell. In reply to Elma's request to write her Willis says he fears he will be too busy. He leaves the room. When he has gone Elma breaks down. He returns to get his gloves which he has purposely left on the table, and finds her in tears. Believing that she has learned a wholesome lesson, he places his arms tenderly about her waist, lifting her from her chair, asking her why she is crying. She replies by looking into his eyes and asking him to forgive her for her coldness. He does so.

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