Dr Cross is so absorbed in his profession that his young wife, Alice, is left practically without any companionship beyond that of her dog, Jean. With nothing to occupy her mind, she becomes desperately lonely, but when she seeks to enter more fully into her husband's life he puts her off, pleading the importance of his work, and tells her to go about more with friends of her own age. Following his advice, Alice joins some acquaintances who are rehearsing an amateur dramatic performance, and there meets with Oscar Mailling, a matinee idol, who is assisting them in the production of their play. Under the excuse of teaching her how to play her part, Mailling covertly makes violent love to her. Awakening to the danger of their intimacy, Alice decides that she must see no more of Mailling, but shortly afterwards she receives word that he is coming to call upon her. Fearing his influence, she pleads with her husband to abandon his work for this one occasion and spend the afternoon with her...
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