Frank Allen, a man of wealth, is happily married, and he and his wife, Marie, and their little baby are living in the same city as Van Dusen, an artist of unsavory reputation. Marie has always kept from Frank the knowledge that before she met him, she posed for Van Dusen, and was compelled to leave his studio on account of his advances to her. One evening at a mutual friend's house they meet Van Dusen and Frank is introduced to him. While alone with Marie, Van Dusen attempts to force his attentions upon her, but she repulses him. This angers him and he suggests to her that possibly she would be willing to listen to him, rather than have Frank find out that she once posed for him. Marie, terrified, nevertheless repels his advances and Van Dusen resolves to inform Frank in some manner of her former position. He invites the party to visit his studio the following evening. While Marie was his model she had posed for a painting entitled "The Grieving Dryad," a picture showing a scantily ...
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