Stolen Moments (1920)

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Marguerite Namara portrays a young woman who is living with her guardian (a prosecuting attorney) and his mother. Even though her guardian loves her and hopes to marry her, she is infatuated with a South American novelist. She sneaks over to the novelist's home and writes a love note in one of his books. When he discovers he must go back to South America, he asks the girl to accompany him. She accepts, but when she discovers that a marriage proposal is not part of the bargain, she rejects him and marries her guardian. The novelist returns to America and tries to use the girl's love note to blackmail her. When she goes to get the note back, he attacks her and she stabs him with a knife that is lying on the table. When he is found dead the next day, the girl's husband gets on the case. Luckily for the girl, it turns out she did not kill him -- he came to and was murdered by the brother of a woman he had wronged.