Once again, Viola Dana was put through her screen paces by her husband, director John H. Collins, in Edison's Gladiola. Deeply in love with a wealthy city dweller, country girl Dana follows him to the Big Apple and agrees to become his mistress. But when his wife returns, the now-pregnant heroine is cast out of the house. Returning to her home village, Dana is branded a harlot and adulterer by the oh-so-pious townsfolk. Later on, her city lover, now widowed, shows up to ask Dana's hand in marriage. By now, however, she is impervious to his honeyed words and sends him on his way, preferring instead to become the wife of her childhood sweetheart, who has stood by her all along despite the scornful words of the rest of the community.
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