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Heart of a Fishergirl, The (1910)


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A fisherman, Jack, and his sweetheart, Nancy, sit by a fishing boat. Her father approaches. Jack and Nancy embrace and indicate to that they are in love, but Nancy's father is angry and pulls her away. Nancy pleads with him, but to no avail. He sends her away and prevents Jack from following her.

Jack comes to the house and pleads with the father but is again dismissed. He leaves and Nancy is upset. She is even more distressed when she comes upon Jack and a young woman, Susan, embracing by a gate. Jack looks uneasy but does nothing, leaving Nancy grief-stricken.

Jack's ship puts out to sea. Susan waves the ship farewell from the rocks, overseen by Nancy, in despair that Jack has decided to go out in such bad weather. She is awakened in the night by a fierce storm. Fearing for Jack's safety she goes to the window and looks out. Seeing the fierceness of the storm, she flings on her oilskins, followed by her father. They find the survivors of the wrecked the ship stranded on a rock shouting for help. Nancy [presumably having rowed across in the little boat, but this shot is missing] rescues the half-drowned Jack from an adjacent rock and pulls him to safety.

Later, Jack knocks at Nancy's door. She emerges - she forgives Jack and they embrace. Her father comes to the door and also forgives Jack, now consenting to their marriage and shaking his hand.