'You must give up this mad idea, Frank ... there is but one course left open to you.
You MUST marry money'
Son of a bankrupt landowner, Frank Gresham
is intent on marrying his beloved Mary Thorne, despite her illegitimacy and apparent
poverty. Frank's ambitious mother and haughty aunt are set against the match, however, and
push him to save the family's mortgaged estate by making a good marriage to a wealthy
heiress. Only Mary's loving uncle, Dr Thorne, knows the secret of her birth and the
fortune she is to inherit that will make her socially acceptable in the eyes of Frank's
family - but the high-principled doctor believes she should be accepted on her own terms.
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