Tale the Autumn Leaves Told (1908)
2min · Short, Drama · 11 April 1908
A story of ye olden tyme in merrie England. Gathering Autumn Leaves: Mistress Dorothy, of Elmhurst Manor, meets perchance young Squire Douglass. He picks some desired leaves beyond her reach. Love's young dream. Sir Varney, of London Town: Her father, Lord Ravenhood, has pledged her band to Sir Varney. He is rather distasteful to the lady. The Trysting Place: The young lovers secretly meet. Plan their future. Her father and Sir Varney discover them. A quarrel ensues. Mistress Dorothy sent away in tears. Varney challenges the Squire to a duel. The Warning: Giles, the Squire's man, warns the lady of the proposed combat. The Duel at Early Dawn: The ground is paced off. All is ready. The opponents fire. Mistress Dorothy arrives to save her lover's life. She is wounded instead. In the Garden: The lady recovering from the accident. Entertaining some friends. Giles, disguised as a bird peddler, brings a message from his master. Lord Ravenhood discovers the subterfuge. Imprisons Mistress Dorothy in the tower. Love's Messenger: Giles brings the news to his master, Squire Douglass. He pens a note to his lady love. Ties the missive to a dove. The message delivered. Mistress Dorothy returns an autumn leaf as a love token. The Tower: The lovers plan to escape. The lady unravels her gown. Lowers the thread to her waiting lover. A rope pulled up. She escapes. The Gretna Green Marriage: The lovers escape on horses. Discovered by Lord Ravenhood. The runaways cross the boundary into Scotland. Stop at the shop of a blacksmith. Wedded and forgiven by Lord Ravenhood.
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