The Spreading Dawn (1917)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |  
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Disillusioned by her own failed romances, a stern, aged aunt refuses to grant her niece permission to marry a young soldier who is preparing to fight WW I in France. To further convince her, the aunt brings forth her diary and hands it to the willful girl. Most of this silent melodrama tells the aunt's sad story. It began during the Civil War when she was a young bride. Her husband's brother is having an affair with a married woman. In order to stop the matter, the aunt's husband visits the woman. Unfortunately, her husband walks in and thinking that the fellow is the philanderer, shoots him dead. Meanwhile, the poor aunt, who knew nothing about the incident was left believing that her husband was cheating upon her. Utterly crushed, the aunt turns away from foolish notions of romance. She hopes she can prevent her niece from making the same mistake. Things look bleak until the niece finds an unopened letter that explains the whole situation and allows the ailing old aunt to die with her faith in true love restored.

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aunt, niece, romance, diary, husband, pain, suffering, tragic-love, extramarital-affair, killing, mistake, France, war, Civil-War [US]