Driven to desperation by the enmity of Jane, her step-daughter, Sarah, Dean's second wife, turns to Ware, a friend of the family and a former suitor, for advice. Jane learns that her stepmother has gone to call upon Ware. Realizing the unhappiness her conduct has caused, the girl is stricken with remorse. Knowing that her father would misconstrue Sarah's visit to Ware, the girl hastens to the man's home to meet her stepmother. Sarah is fallen aback when Jane finds her with Ware, but is filled with happiness when the girl announces her desire for a reconciliation. The two are just about to leave when Dean is seen approaching the house. In terror, the two women hide in the next room. Dean enters. He discovers his wife's handkerchief lying on the table and demands an explanation from Ware. To save her stepmother, Jane enters the room and nobly shoulders the guilt. In horror, Dean forbids her ever returning to his home. Fearing her husband's anger, Sarah selfishly suffers Jane to hear the...
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