It was not love, but necessity that brought Anna to accept Gersau, the great engineer, and to marry him. Her father's death had brought financial difficulties, and Anna was a young lady of culture who loved to be surrounded by beautiful things. Therefore when the rich and renowned Gersau proposed to her, she promised to become his wife, though it broke the heart of Roland, her chum since childhood. Roland was a promising young engineer and he aroused the jealousy of Gersau by the way he ran after the woman he loved, even when she was a wife. But the friendship between the two was renewed and strengthened when Roland, avoiding all efforts to detain him, dashed into Gersau's burning residence and saved some valuable plans. The house had been set afire through the carelessness of Gersau, who, tortured by jealousy, had left a light under a retort in his laboratory in order to go to watch over his wife. The result was an explosion and soon the whole building was in flames. Roland, who ...
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