This allegorical tale was a big success when it was first released in 1915 as Soul of a Woman, so it was reissued in 1918 as Destiny. An artist, Standish (Theodore Babcock), paints his wife, Mary (Emily Stevens), as the Madonna, and when he puts it on display, the Connoisseur (Walter Hitchcock) and the Parishioner (Fred Stone) view it. Before buying the painting, the Connoisseur mentions that the model was an old lover of his. This angers Standish to the extent that he throws Mary and their infant son out of the house without listening to her explanations. Mary leaves the child on the steps of a monastery and goes on to run a cabaret. The boy (George LeGuere) grows up and studies to become a monk, but just before taking his vows he gets permission to go out and see the world. He ventures into the cabaret which just happens to belong to Mary, where he is entranced by Beauty (Vivian Oakland), and surrounded by other characters such as Lust, Rum, and Passion. Mary recognizes her son from the heirloom crucifix he is wearing, and convinces him to return to the monastery. Years later, when she is an old woman, Mary drags herself to her son's church. The son gives her absolution before she dies.
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