Countess Mary, who is subject to sudden whims, sometimes of a sinister and violent character, look with favorable eyes upon John, her coachman. His bravery in rescuing horses from the burning stable ignited by a cigarette carelessly thrown aside by the Countess, leads her to quite ignore distinctions of class and show her attachment to John, much to his embarrassment, for he loves Lucy, the Countess's maid. On the way to the railroad station to meet arriving guests, the Countess presses upon the reluctant John her cigarette case which he stuffs into his pocket. Baron Winfield, one of the guests, is fascinated by the maid and markedly evinces it. His stolen kiss is hotly resented by the girl and by John who, entering during the course, lays hands on him roughly. At the hunt on the following day the Countess commands John to ride by her side in attendance. Riding off with him apart from the other hunters she feigns illness. John lifts her from the saddle. He is startled the next moment ...
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