Lust of the Ages (1917)

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Lois Craig (Lillian Walker) is the daughter of a man, now dead, to whom money and power were all-important. While at school, she becomes engaged to Byron Masters (Jack Mowers), who is very much like her father. His company helps support the college Lois is attending, and at her graduation, when Professor Mason gives a speech warning of the evils of wealth, Masters becomes annoyed. He fires Mason in spite of Lois' protests, so she breaks up with him. But she also gives him an award-winning essay she has written called "The Lust of the Ages." It's an allegorical story that begins with a group of shepherds who are happy with their humble lives. They are driven out of their homes by invaders as part of a war in which the rulers of one country want to take over the world. When a Princess (also played by Walker) and an officer (Mowers) decide to stop them, the country's monarch puts them to death. The story causes Masters to reconsider his position, and he ultimately rehires Mason and reunites with Lois.