Henry L. Ratliff

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Henry L. Ratliff

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(1891) Humor / Romance

R: * * * * *

Plot bullets

A man fines that his travel stories fall on deaf ears. He needs a a hired listener.
The listener turns into an understudy: one who sits in for him when he is otherwise engaged.
The listener/understudy idea works out well, but he decides that while one faithful listener is good, he needs to commit his travels to book form.
There is in his town a benevolent society/charity of ladies who while not a religious organization, adopt some simular rigid standards. It is the House of Martha.
The would be author, hires one of the ladies (a pretty girl actually), as a stenographer, with the money going to the society.
The arrangements are strained at first, but you guessed it they fall in love.Happiness is not quite so quickly attained. We have, these components/obstacles to consider:

o The man himself Hopelessly in love.

o The girl, is in love with the man, but is torn between her duty to the House of Martha, past disappointments and what she considers maybe, a selfish love on her part.

o The listener/understudy/valet who has become essential.

o The head of the House of Martha. Sympathetic, but loyal to the creed of the society.

o The less sympathetic and understanding sisters, at the society.

o The girls family. Not typical, to say the least.

o The family friend, who has the ways, but not the means to make all right.