Mary Wilmer lives on the outskirts of a rural village. She is the sole support of her mother, and her seven-year-old son, a cripple. She works in a country store. Her salary is small. There is a secret in Mary's life; her husband is serving a prison sentence. This causes the villagers to snub Mary. Only one champions her cause, the new manager of the store where Mary works. He secretly loves her. Mary reads of the wonders performed by a famous surgeon and takes the boy to him. He agrees to cure him, but the figure asked is far beyond Mary's means. Mary is brought into constant temptation by the sight of money in the store. One evening she returns to find the drawer containing a large sum of money. She takes it. William Rogers, the manager, sees the theft. At home that night she proceeds to go through the nightly spelling lesson with her crippled son. The little fellow places the speller in her lap, points to a word and asks her what it is. Mary looks at the speller. The word before ...
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