Left alone in the world, Mercy Merrick toils for a living. Faint with hunger, she falls one evening at the door of a restaurant and is revived by a glass of wine, given her by one of the diners, who has seen her fall. Her bodily weakness makes her an easy prey to the man, and she takes the first reluctant step on the downward path. Some time later, again forced by circumstances to earn her living, she is arrested for shoplifting and, although innocent, sentenced to prison. From the prison she is taken to the House of Refuge, and later, with the help of the matron, she obtains a position in the household of a wealthy woman. But her story quickly becomes known to the other servants, and she is forced to leave. Again at the refuge she becomes a nurse, and in the course of time one of the visiting doctors falls in love with her. But she will not marry him until he knows her record, and when he learns the truth he shrinks from her. To the church goes Mercy for consolation, and falls under ...
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