Johann Sonnenthal, composer, meets Elsa Linden. She is engaged at the time to Robert von Erlen, but Sonnenthal attracts her. She, however, has neither depth of character to fathom his great love, nor to appreciate his divine gift of music. Her frivolous nature after marriage clamors for the gaiety and adulation of the butterfly life that she had led before meeting him. One day she happens to encounter Robert von Erlen and incidentally draws comparisons that are unfavorable to her dignified and preoccupied husband. Her hatred of his music breaks out so violently that she tears up his most valued composition. Sonnenthal is dazed at her daring and impertinence and staggers out into the open. At this stage, Von Erlen happens to meet him, appears to divine the break and determines to again see his old sweetheart. After hours of aimless wandering in the seclusion of the forest, Sonnenthal returns to his home at nightfall, to find it dark and empty. The truth dawns upon him; his wife has ...
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