A stranger of easy manners and pleasant conversation arrives as guest on a large western ranch. He is an old-time friend of the ranchman's wife. With a certain pride the rancher shows the stranger the extent of his lands, his stocks and his power and finally takes him to the ranch house, where the guest meets the rancher's wife. She is the highest type of womanly purity. She is lonely for a breath from the outside world and it is with exquisite delight that she attends to her old-time acquaintance and hears of her friends and her people. The husband is at first bothered with this easy familiar conversation in which he has no part. As the stranger's stay continues, the blind, overwhelming rage of jealousy takes possession of the rancher. He brutally forces his wife's friend to leave the ranch. The wife is shocked by her husband's inconsistent show of rage. She runs after her departing friend with an apology. Misconstruing this action, and blind with rage, the husband takes after his ...
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