May Shirwood and Frank Black are in love. But May's sister, Bird, is herself secretly in love with Frank. The lovers know not the secret sorrow of Bird. George A. Thornton, May's employer, a broker of wealth and social prestige, observes that May is comely, coy and altogether desirable. One day. Thornton takes her home in his automobile. May's mother sees in Thornton's manner a suggestion of affection for May. She urges May to encourage her employer. The girl, grief-stricken and stunned by her mother's urgings, rebels against her exhortations, until she can no longer tolerate their aggressive and aggrieved note. Out of filial duty, placing her mother's desires above her own, she dismisses Frank and accepts Thornton. Frank looks through the window of May's home and sees her marriage to Thornton. Thornton spends his evenings at clubs and cafés and invariably returns home in a drunken stupor. May, who has jewels, costly dresses and all the other idle items of feminine craving, is doomed ...
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