Although she loves Jack Brandon, Edith is compelled to marry wealthy James Melford to save her father from jail. Marriage reveals Melford to be a drunkard and a brute. Edith and her husband visit a fashionable café one evening during their absence, Marie, Edith's maid, and Brooks, the butler, make merry in the library. The unexpected return of master and mistress finds the servants unable to leave the room unobserved. The two hide behind the heavy window portieres. Melford, who is intoxicated, roughly attempts to embrace bis wife. Filled with disgust, Edith pushes him away. The man falls striking his head against the floor. Unable to revive him, Edith flees to her room in terror. The morning papers inform Jack Brandon that his former sweetheart has been arrested on the charge of murder. He hastens to her aid. Marie and Brooks, who are sweethearts, are the principal witnesses against the unfortunate woman. Shortly before the trial Marie learns that Brooks has fallen in love with ...
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