Feathertop (1916)

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While Elsie (Marguerite Courtot), a pretty country lass, is in the city visiting her uncle, her father dies. The uncle is dismayed to see that Elsie has forgotten her sweetheart back home in favor of Percy Morleigh, a prissy city boy who resembles the character in a novel, Feathertop. The uncle fakes his death, which necessitates his other brother, a sea captain, to come to the city with his wife. He encourages Elsie to read Feathertop, and this opens up her eyes to both Percy and shallow society. The sea captain convinces her to make up with her country sweetheart and accompany him and her aunt to their South Seas home. One of the ship's hands removes his false beard and reveals himself to be the rich city uncle, who has decided to abandon civilization, too.