PART ONE: Lady Isabel Vane, the daughter of an impoverished Earl, marries Archibald Carlyle, a rising young lawyer. Carlyle's boyhood friend is Richard Hare, and prior to his marriage the gossips had suspected that Carlyle would marry Barbara Hare, Richard's sister. Barbara is secretly in love with Carlyle, but he does not suspect it, and his feelings toward her are purely brotherly. Almost immediately after her return from her wedding trip. Lady Isabel hears of this supposed romance, and is disposed to be jealous of Barbara. Circumstances seem to confirm the gossip, for the husband and Barbara are surprised in a secret conference, soon after his return from the wedding trip. So Lady Isabel's life as a bride opens with the belief that her husband is not true to her. Her husband does not explain, for she fails to tax him with his supposed treachery. The fact is, that Carlyle's friend. Richard, is a fugitive from justice. The father of the girl he loves is slain, and the evidence points...
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