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The picture opens showing the sitting room in Widow Gray's house, the resilience of Nora Fairford, village school teacher. She and the widow's daughter, Annie, are friends. On her way to school, the teacher is met by John Bradbury, the young minister. They walk together as far as the post office and there are met by Lizzie Webber and Nellie Bowen, spinsters, who engage the minister's attention with gossip of the coming church social and he is forced to leave Nora. They walk to the church where the party is augmented by the minister's sister, Dot, and the old deacon, Lemuel Tidd. The next scene takes place in the village bank, of which Stephen Larabee, is cashier. Annie Grey loves Ned, an officer of the bank and nephew of the president, Squire Olcott. Finding that Annie doesn't love him, Larabee, on the night of the church social, goes to the bank, opens the inside door of the safe with a duplicate of the key he had given Ned, and abstracts several packages of money, hiding them in the...