A Woman There Was (1919) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • Pulke, a pearl diver on the South Sea island of Kolpee, loves Zara, Chief Majah's daughter, who is content with him until a New England missionary, Winthrop Stark, arrives. When Stark refuses Zara's marriage proposal because he is already engaged, she interrupts his sermon by grasping his knees and crying that he has no right to preach about brotherly love as he does not know what love is. Zara saves Stark from Pulke's jealous attack with a spear, and when the priest orders Stark sacrificed to appease the gods and stop a typhoon, she goes to drown herself in the sea in his place. Stark saves her, but because of his exertions, lapses into unconsciousness. Zara, now the reigning Princess since Majah died in the storm, learns that the black pearl buried with him can save Stark. She steals it and Stark recovers and leaves, but Zara dies holding off the angry natives, led by Pulke, who accidentally spear her while trying to recover the pearl.


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