Rico the Jester (1910)
Short, Drama · 6 April 1910
Rico, the jester, is the laughing stock of all. He is seen first amusing the courtiers, by whom he is subjected to some rough horseplay. Throwing down his wand of office he goes off through the grounds, where he finds a handsome young Lady weeping on a seat. He is touched with pity, and inquiring her trouble finds that she is blind. He makes up his mind to become her protector and escorts her to his dwelling. Here pity blossoms into love and both develop an affection for each other. It is indeed a strange attachment between the jester with his ungainly form and visage and the beautiful blind girl. He takes her for daily walks in the gardens, and on one occasion is observed by a party of gay sparks, who determine to get the girl away from him. With this end in view they pounce upon him and seize the girl. But luckily help is at hand, and an unexpected defender comes up in the person of a doctor, who is out walking. He, too, becomes enamored of the blind girl and sets himself to restore her sight, if possible. In this he succeeds, much to the terror of the Jester, who fears that his ugliness will frighten her. In this surmise he proves correct. But love conquers all, and eventually the girl chooses him for her protector for life
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