There is really nothing in her life worth, living for: young, pretty, she is the wife of a vicious old gold prospector on the God-forsaken wastes of the frozen North: her life is one long session of suffering and drudgery, her existence with the prospector nothing but a series of abuses and unjustified violences. In this first scene, in fact, he is hurling at her the victuals, which she has placed before him, and which do not please him. And this even though a friend, a young man, is in the cabin visiting. When the brute leaves the cabin the visitor cannot help but tell her of his sympathy, and with no pretense at loving her, tells her that she can find relief if she will flee with him: it is not the proposition of a lover, but of a man. She feels that she needs the protection he offers, and, after gathering up her belongings, they both set out over the bleak, desolate snows, dragging a sled after them. They come to the cabin of an Indian and prepare to rest for the night. The runaway...
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