As It Is in Life (1910)

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DRAMA. A selfish father forces his daughter to choose between himself and her lover.

[George Forrester's beloved wife dies leaving him to bring up his 10-year-old daughter. The child becomes his housekeeper, while Forrester works at the pigeon farm. At the farm he meets a former lover and renews his attentions. He decides however, that the former lover is extravagant and not suited to becoming his daughter's second mother. He sends the child away to a good school to improve her prospects. Several years later the schoolgirl returns a young lady. She is shocked by her father's decrepit physical appearance brought on by long hours of work. She says she will never leave him. She meets a young man whom she wants to marry but her selfish father forces her to choose between him and her lover. She chooses the lover. He refuses to sanction the marriage or visit the couple. Two years later his daughter has a baby. She brings the baby to see its grandfather, hoping that it will cause him to soften and relent. It was as she hoped; her father holds the baby and is reconciled with his daughter].

The Archive holds the following segment:

No main title. George Forrester's daughter (now grown-up) and a young man talking in the grounds of the pigeon farm. The young man leaves. A farm worker comes and speaks to the daughter and opens the door of the coup. The daughter leaves. The young man returns and looks around for her; the farm hand tells the young man the direction in which she has gone (45). In a wood, the daughter and the young man meet (67). "Choose Between Us" (70). Forrester and his daughter on the farm talking (77). In the wood the young man sees the farm hand sitting on a seat and reading. The workman leaves and the young man sits down (85). Forrester and the daughter on the farm. The farm hand comes in to tell the daughter where the young man is. She gives her father his pipe and runs off to meet him (99). They meet in the wood and embrace (115). Forrester alone and unhappy on the farm (125). The couple in the wood (127). Forrester looking unhappy and worried. He leaves (134). He steals up behind the couple in the wood and sees them kiss (164). Alone on the farm he is sad and angry. (184ft). Incomplete (981ft).

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