The Little School Ma'am (1916)

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The Little School Ma'am is Nan, portrayed by Dorothy Gish. A Southern gal, Nan heads westward to take charge of a classroom in a puritanical frontier village. Though dedicated to her job, she yearns for the companionship of a male over the age of 12. Virginia-born playwright Wilbur Howard (Elmer Clifton) newly arrived in town for a vacation, falls hard for winsome Nan. Their chastely conducted romance stirs up a great deal of gossip, leading to a devastating scandal. In the end, it is Nan's loyal schoolkids who clear up matters so that Nan and Wilbur can be married. Stills exist from The Little School Ma'am showing Dorothy Gish in a pirate costume, suggesting that a masquerade party was somehow woven into the storyline.

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gossip, honor [recognition], love, marriage, romance, scandal, schoolteacher, writing