Mr. and Mrs. Gray have been married for many years and have arrived at that comfortable age when they should both be beyond the jealousy stage. Their daughter, Ruby, is secretly in love and engaged to Jack Newton, but father does not approve of him, and orders him away from the house. But love always finds a way, and the lovers manage to arrange a meeting at the house unbeknown to father. Mr. Gray buys his wife a new hat, a peach of a creation, and ma tries it on and leaves it on the table. Jack calls while Ruby is seeing how nice she looks in her mother's hat and the rascal kisses her. Pa appears in the doorway and as the fashions demand exaggerated hats, their faces are not discernible and pa breaks out into a cold sweat, says "My Lord. It's Ma!" and collapses. He sees Jack's hat on the table and as the young couple hide and ma enters with her usual smile, pa accuses her of flirting and jams his fist through Jack's perfectly good tile. Ma is properly devastated and retires to weep ...
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