John Harold is absorbed in scientific research. During a period of idleness he falls in love with and marries Adeline Rupert. Soon after his marriage, his health restored, Harold returns to his laboratory, becoming engrossed in his work. He does not cease to love Adeline, but simply forgets her. She, not understanding, is hurt and offended. Even the birth of his child, occurring at a time when his experiments are at a critical stage, scarcely attracts his notice. Harry Rogers, a trusted but false friend, attempts to take advantage of Harold's inattention to make advances to Adeline, which she indignantly repulses. Harold's preoccupation prevents his observing the most obvious familiarities on the part of Rogers, and Adeline attributes his non-interference to indifference. Her outraged pride can no longer brook the situation and she leaves, taking her child, and presently secures poorly paid employment. Harold is the easy victim of fraud and is soon robbed of his fortune by Rogers, a ...
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