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(1917)

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  • Judge Thurman begrudges the small amount necessary to send his niece, Dora Flynn, to college. He is absolutely heartless in his business associations and refuses to help Thos. Hardy, who is president of a bank, and this causes Hardy to kill himself. Attending the same college with Dora is Thos. Hardy's son, Alan, and the two have married secretly. Alan is summoned home by the death of his father and wires Dora of this. She is unable to keep her secret, and it reaches the ears of the principal, who dismisses her. She is afraid to return to her uncle, and obtains employment in the city. Alan learns of the part the judge played in the death of his father and vows to break the old man. He is successful, and it is a bitter effort for the judge to seek favor from the younger man. Meantime, Dora is unable to win a livelihood for herself and baby, and places it on her uncle's doorstep. Later she asks him to allow her to return home in the role of servant. The child, Bessie, has secured a place for herself in the heart of the judge. Alan comes to make a proposition to the judge regarding his financial position, and for the first time sees Dora. The judge is astounded at this revelation and pleads with the two to allow the child to remain. Alan is obdurate, and the three leave, but have only gone a short distance when Dora persuades Alan to return.


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