Professor Steinfeldt, a scientist, is engrossed in his work and spends the greater portion of his time in his laboratory conducting experiments. He is well along in years and has a young and handsome wife, who resents his neglect. Carl, a nephew of the professor, returns from college to stay with his relative, and spends many hours in company with the wife. Thrown together so constantly they learn to love one another and. while the professor is pouring over chemicals, they indulge in love-making in the parlor. Steinfeldt returns to the room in time to see his wife in the arms of his nephew, and he is astonished and shocked. He withdraws quietly and returns to his workroom in despair. He is soon joined by Carl, and the elder man plans to cure his wife of her mad infatuation. He shows Carl a phial, which he tells him contains a deadly poison, and leaves a glass of water standing on a table from which he has drank. Once alone Carl resolves to put the uncle out of his way and pours a ...
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