The Clarendon three-reeler The Master of Merripet was adapted from the same-named novel by Eden Phillpots. When two highwaymen slips through the fingers of the authorities, a farmer and an innkeeper set out to capture the crooks. It so happens that the farmer and innkeeper are both in love with the same girl, and both hope to catch the thieves to impress their mutual sweetheart. For all his bluff and bravado, the innkeeper turns out to be a coward, while the smaller but brainier farmer is courage personified. Even so, after the criminals are rounded up the girl chooses the innkeeper for her husband, while the farmer "makes do" with the girl's sister, who is actually the better catch.
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