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I had a more positive impression of this story.
Milly seeks to improve the situation of herself and her brother by marrying an older man only to be rejected by two of the men she approached and attacked by the third. The unexpected rejection leads her to seek revenge on the men, leading to tragic results -- the two men who rejected her shoot one another blaming each other for the vandalism inflicted on their property by Milly, and the lustful attacker is killed by Milly's father, not because he tried attacking his daughter, but because he refuses to pay the father for Milly.
I had a problem with the ending, too, because it seemed cheap -- a widow who has no part in the story agrees to adopt Milly and her brother. Happy ending, I guess.
But, what I liked about the show were the performances of the guest cast, particularly Jena Engstrom as Milly. Jena Engstrom's acting career lasted four years and I have liked her in every show I have seen her in. She played a lot of characters like Milly -- young women dressed in rags with serious "Pa" issues, but the characters were never the same; it was like there was a back story she had worked out for her character.