A Puritan Episode (1913)
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Arthur Cartwright married, at the close of the Seventeenth Century in old England, Ruth Joyce, and to escape the old parents' wrath, fled to America, settling at Plymouth, Mass. Ruth's mother accompanied them. Though they lived happy, they were completely isolated from their Puritan neighbors who had small tolerance for their faith. The time came when the Indians wrought death among them. Arthur and Ruth were slain in sight of Mistress Joyce and Alice, the baby. Mistress Joyce became demented from the shock. Because the Indians held an insane person sacred, she was saved from death. This led the Puritans to believe that Mistress Joyce was a witch and when she wandered back among them they seized her and planned to burn her at the stake. With the intent of treating Alice, now sixteen, in the same way they tore her from the Indians and imprisoned her. Her condition touched the old constable, who called in Abner Morton, a newly arrived conformist minister, to administer Christian consolation to her. She had refused to see the Puritan minister. Abner responded and was surprised to find that the girl was of his own faith. After a daring rescue, he takes her out of the danger zone. Sir Richard Cartwright, still living in England, has long grieved over the disappearance of his son. His brother, Sir John, in accordance with his last wishes, departs for America in search of the missing heir of his family. Reaching Plymouth, he is conducted to the conformist minister, Abner Morton, as the most likely to aid. On hearing her father's name, Alice still in trousers, rushes forward and verifies her identity, showing her father's seal ring. The pastoral wedding, the Indian massacre, the ship scenes and dungeons and above all, the scene wherein Mistress Joyce is set ablaze at the stake make this a never-to-be-forgotten picture.
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