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(1913)

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  • Ophelia cannot reconcile herself to a separation from Wallie, and she induces him to continue as a boarder in her home. The faithful Belinda accidentally learns that Wallie is receiving scented notes, and other feminine reminders, which arouses her suspicion. Belinda is filled with a determination to save her mistress from the gay deceiver. She disguises herself in male attire. Miss Ophelia goes to the bank to make a deposit and Wallie falls in line directly behind her. His financial condition is at low ebb and he decides to lay siege to Ophelia and her hoarded wealth. He loses no time in proposing to her and she accepts him. He confesses that he cannot purchase an engagement ring, and she gives him her diamond ring, which he says he will present to her in the presence of witnesses in the evening. He pawns the ring, buys a fake diamond in its stead, pocketing the difference. He meets a chorus girl and takes her to a swell restaurant. Belinda is on his tracks. She has seen him pawn the ring and meet the chorus girl. She follows him to the restaurant, where she creates a scene. Hughie, the policeman, arrests her. She pleads with him. He sympathizes with her and becomes quite smitten. He takes her to the station house and intercedes for her. The sergeant discharges her and Hughie induces the matron to furnish Belinda with a hat and dress to make a presentable appearance upon the street. Wallie comes back to Ophelia, who makes preparations to get married. With a cute little titter, she leaves the house, leaning on Wallie's arm. After they have gone, Belinda comes into the kitchen with Hughie. The cook tells her Ophelia has just gone to the Register's Office to get married. Belinda looks at Hughie in surprise, grabs him by the hand and is just making her way out of the kitchen, when Bowling, the grocer's boy, comes in. She gives him a withering glance, pushes him aside, and dashes out, pulling Hughie after her. Dowling follows them. Belinda and Hughie hasten to the Register's Office. Dramatically Belinda holds up her hands and cries, "Stop!" She pulls out the evidence of Wallie's deception and forbids the marriage. As Ophelia hears her tell about the pawning of the ring, she recovers herself and commands him to return the diamond. Wallie hands it over and she discovers that it is a fake. This is too much for Ophelia, she falls in a faint. Wallie makes his escape. Belinda rushes to her assistance and Dowling tries to help her, but Belinda commands him to go, then turns with a sweet smile to Hughie, in loving preference. Ophelia is supported.

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