Environment (1917)

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Mary Miles Minter plays Liz Simpkins, daughter of the town drunk (Harvey Clark). Although motherless, Liz is nevertheless able to keep the Simpkins home in order and she wins the admiration of Henry Pennfield (George Fisher), the new minister. When Arnold Brice (Al Vosburgh), a young scoundrel of an artist, comes to town, Mildred Holcombe (Margaret Shelby), the daughter of the town's richest man (George Periolat), becomes infatuated with him. Liz finds out that Mildred has been sneaking over to Brice's home, and she goes over there to warn her that her brother (Arthur Howard) is on his way over. Mildred sneaks out the back, but Liz is caught hiding in Brice's bedroom. This causes a big scandal and it is decided that, since her father has died of his alcoholism, Liz will be sent to an institution. Mildred selfishly begs Liz to keep her secret, and, through overhearing their conversation, Pennfield learns the truth. At his next sermon, he announces that he's leaving the pulpit to marry Liz. He also informs Mildred and her family that he knows the truth. Brice picks up and leaves town and Pennfield goes to Liz, who is overjoyed to discover that he loves her.