The first scene shows John Harmon arriving in London. Stopping at a small clothing store on the banks of the Thames, a character, who seems to belong to the docks, slips in and examines the papers in Harmon's pocket. Among them is the will, a section of which indicates that Harmon must marry a certain Bella Wilfer in order to inherit the property, which otherwise will go to old servants of his family, the Boffins by name. Harmon discovers him. Both men fight their way to the back of the store, where they fall through a railing into the Thames. The next scene shows a placard announcing the death of John Harmon. Harmon decides to let the fates have their way and to become acquainted with Bella Wilfer under another name. We see him, as John Rokesmith, engaging lodgings at the Wilfers'. Then comes the ad of the Boffins, who have by this time inherited the fortune; they are in need of a secretary and Bella suggests the Harmon apply. Thus Harmon and Bella are under the same roof. Bella is ...
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