This British drama, based on a novel by Marie Corelli, was too crudely made for American tastes. The film was actually made a couple years earlier, but it was so poor that it was held back until 1921 for general release in the U.S. Maryllia Vancourt (Peggy Carlisle) is a wealthy heiress who tires of the phoniness of London society. She escapes to her country estate, but is followed by a number of fortune hunters. Among the rural villagers is the Reverend John Walden (Basil Gill), and he and Maryllia are drawn to each other. But Walden seems old-fashioned and stiff (kind of like the film itself) compared to the other guests at a dinner party Maryllia throws. Because of his rude comments about whether ladies should smoke ("I didn't think <I>ladies</I> smoked."), he manages to insult everyone there. Maryllia fires the estate's caretaker for cutting down a tree beloved by the villagers, and the former employee swears revenge. During a hunt, he makes sure that Maryllia is thrown from her horse. She is seriously injured and it looks like she may wind up a cripple. But Walden spends most of his time with her while she's recuperating and the two become close again. After a specialist has saved Maryllia, Walden proposes and she accepts.
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