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After school one day, Violet, who associates with wicked boys bent on deceiving young girls, persuades her friend Louise to go riding with a couple of boys. Louise, suspicious of the boys' intentions, demands to be taken home. After Louise confesses that she lied to her mother about the escapade, her mother gives her Faust to read. Faust, an old man, sells his soul to the devil for one year of youth to win Marguerite. Marguerite succumbs and soon becomes enshrouded in darkness. The story causes Louise to refuse to meet the boys again. After Violet goes to a distant city with a boy who promises to marry her, Louise receives a letter asking her to help. She follows, and after learning from Violet of the boy's deception, Louise is lured into an apartment by the boy's friend. She attempts to jump from a ten-story window, but the boy catches her. Louise awakens to discover that she has been dreaming since reading Faust and then relates her lesson to Violet.
It is likely that the Faust segment in this film, which features Beatriz Michelena as Marguerite, was part of an earlier, uncompleted feature-length Faust starring Michelena and produced by the California Motion Picture Corp. in late 1916. According to news items, Michelena and her husband George E. Middleton, the director of Faust, submitted resignation on November 6, 1916 to take effect when Faust was completed. They were told that if the film was not finished by December 31, 1916, it would have to remain unfinished. After this date a change was decided on and Michelena was asked to finish without salary, but as the company already owed her $12,000, she refused, according to an interview with her at the time. At some later date, Clarence Payne, the head of the California Motion Picture Corp., ordered that a story be filmed which would use the Faust footage. This film, originally entitled The Eternal Mephisto, was released in 1919 as The Price Woman Pays. William Pike played "Faust" in the original film and Captain Leslie T. Peacocke was the scenarist.