Das TAGEBUCH EINER VERLORENEN (1929)

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  • DIARY OF A LOST ONE Alternative
  • DIARY OF A LOST GIRL Alternative

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The story of Thymian, the easy-going daughter of a weak-minded pharmacist, who is seduced by her father's assistant and bears an illegitimate child. The assistant refuses to marry her and the family make her give away the child. They also place her in a correctional home for "fallen" girls, which operates a strict regime. Thymian and another girl manage to escape and Thymian goes looking for her child, but finds that it has died. She seeks the address her friend gave her, which is in fact a brothel, and there she finds the wastrel young Count who has befriended her and her friend. She is taken in, dressed and encouraged to join in the drinking and partying, and ends up a prostitute. Whilst raffling herself at a party in a bar she catches sight of her father, out with his new wife and the philandering pharmacy assistant. She is overcome with shame, but cannot go to her father. She later reads of his death and that she is his heir. The young Count marries her, but when she goes to collect her inheritance she finds that the assistant has purchased the mortgage on the family business and home and is throwing her step-mother and step-siblings onto the streets. Thymian gives her all the money she has inherited so that her younger sister need never follow in her footsteps. In despair, her new husband kills himself. However, his uncle offers to take care of Thymian, and, ironically she finds herself inveigled onto the committee of ladies who run the very same correctional institution in which she was placed. Her friend has been recaptured and sent there and Thymian denounces the attitude of strictness and punishment advocating love, compassion and assistance as more effective means of correcting "fallen" girls.

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