Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The Cost is what wayward lass Violet Hemming must endure for lovely not wisely but too well. Seeking an escape from the drudgery of boarding house life, Hemming marries cotton merchant Edwin Mordant, convincing herself that she cares for him. By the time she realizes her mistake, it is too late, both for Hemming and the man she truly loves, Ralph Kellard. Meanwhile, Mordant carries on an affair with a colleague's wife. Hemming leaves him, but loyally returns when he loses his fortune. Only when Mordant conveniently dies is Hemming finally able to follow the dictates of her heart. A novel by David Graham Phillips served as the basis for this tear-stained drama.
accident, boarding-school, death, extramarital-affair, finances, girls'-school, husband, love, love-conquers-all, love-triangle, rebuilding, ruination, school, triumph, trust, wife