The Girl of the Grove (1912) Drama, Romance, Short · 5 April 1912
The girl was young, pretty, and also a good business woman. When her father died she took up the reins of management and ran an orange grove with successful results. Her capable hands were so busy that she had no time to think of love. One day, however, "the prince" appeared. He was a tourist from the north. It was love at first sight on both sides. Then the awakening came. She learned that the man had a wife, an invalid and cripple. The man did not tell her, the news was broken to her by accident. Life had become bitter to her, and in a moment of weakness she decided to end it all, and wandered down to the sea. Looking around to note if she was observed, she was just in time to see another woman leap overboard. The girl forgot her own troubles, jumped into the water, and saved the unfortunate. After she had brought her ashore and revived her, she recognized the unhappy one as the wife of the man. The wife did not know her rescuer, but ingratitude told her story, of physical suffering, of neglect and coldness. The self-reliant girl pitied the poor weak woman, and induced her to make her home with her. There later the girl received a letter from the man, telling of the death of "a rich relative" which, he explained, made their marriage possible. He added that he would call that afternoon to discuss the date of their marriage. The man was promptly on hand. The girl met him, and led him through the grove to the house. Then she stepped aside and pointed to a woman asleep in an invalid's chair. The man looked and recognized his wife. "I saved her life," the girl whispered, "Your neglect and brutality drove her to attempt suicide. Go, and never return." The man made no comment, but departed. The wife awoke and sleepily asked the girl if they had had a visitor. "No one that either of us know or ever will know," was the reply, "Go to sleep again." The wife dozed off again while the girl watched her. - Written by Moving Picture World synopsis
Director(s): George Nichols Cast: Florence La Badie, Joseph Graybill, Marguerite Snow
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