Florence Ashleigh, the daughter of an aristocratic southern family, immensely proud, but greatly impoverished, is urged by her family to marry George Neill, a very wealthy stockbroker. From conversation overheard in her home she is given to understand that George wants to marry her to attain social position and not because he is in love with her, and her pride is naturally hurt. However, to aid her financially embarrassed family, she agrees to marry him, but stipulates with him that he must never violate her privacy, and insists that she must be allowed a key to her private apartments, and that he must promise never to ask for that key or cross the threshold of her door. He reluctantly agrees. After marriage he tries to show her, by every means in his power, that he loves her, but she will not lower the barrier between them. He makes a big monetary sacrifice to her, whereby her father is raised to affluence, and he almost ruins himself financially by doing so, but she merely ...
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