The Poor Musician (1909)
Short, Drama · 23 February 1909
Our story opens with a noted violinist practicing, his young wife sitting nearby, while their little daughter plays about on the floor, a truly happy family. The maid announces a caller, who, upon being ushered in, is presented to the wife. He is at once struck with her beauty, eyes her continually, but unnoticed by the musician or his wife. As the two men leave the room, for the first time the wife catches the expression on the caller's face and is worried. A year later in the same room we find the wife packing her suit case preparing to elope with the villain. Before their departure the wife writes a note telling her husband of her elopement and begs him to forget her. A moment after the pair leave the room the valet enters, observes them from the window, picks up the note, reads it and immediately starts for the theater to inform his master. He rushes upon the stage just as the musician is finishing his number, excitedly tells the tale and gives him the letter. The poor man, horribly shocked, falls in a faint on the stage. Another year passes by and we find the faithless wife dangerously ill. The doctor shakes his head gravely. Just before her death the mother takes a locket from her own neck and places it around that of her little child. The villain stands by looking and acting indifferently as the woman passes away. Fifteen years later we find the musician's daughter and her supposed father in their handsomely appointed home. An aristocratic looking young man enters, asks for the girl's hand in marriage and is accepted. A party of young friends are offering congratulations, and while the merriment is at its height the daughter catches a sound of music from outside the house. She listens, and strangely familiar strains come to her. She rushes to the window to see the old musician (in reality her father) fall exhausted to the pavement. Servants are called and the unfortunate man is brought inside, laid upon the couch, restoratives applied, which soon restore him to consciousness. As he regains his senses the old man stares about in wonderment. The young lady is the exact image of his wife, and while gazing at her the past is brought vividly hack to him. Suddenly he sees the villain, denounces him, tells the story of his perfidy. The daughter is horrified at the story. The villain comes forward and tells her to choose between the handsome home and her lover or her father and his poor surroundings. Unhesitatingly she goes to the old musician; they pass out of the house together and proceed to his ill-furnished room. While they are talking, the young lover enters and asks the old man for his daughter's hand. He has just found his child and to lose her again seems a hard blow, but the young couple insist upon his sharing their home. He cheerfully gives his consent and blessing.
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