So Near, Yet So Far (1912) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • A very pretty girl, is always surrounded by many male admirers, much to the dismay of one very shy fellow, who never can get a chance to speak with her. One day the girl visits a friend in another town and by coincidence the shy fellow is staying at the same house. Next morning the girl's friend must leave her to run an errand. The girl hears a strange noise coming from one of the rooms. Not knowing the shy fellow is there, she locks the door of his room. Meanwhile, two burglars have broken in and seize the screaming girl. Hearing her scream and unable to break down the locked door, the young fellow climbs out of the window. He races into the room and scares the burglars, who make their escape. The girl, now being in such an hysterical state, does not recognize the shy fellow. She runs screaming from the house with the fellow after her. Finally his identity is revealed, and the very surprised grateful girl, shakes the hand of the now happy hero.

  • The world may love the lover, but it often tantalizingly throws obstacles in his way. Howard saw the girl and was transfixed with admiration for her. Being of a backward nature, he misses the opportunity to be introduced. The girl is amused at his embarrassment, and when in his fluster he drops his fraternity pin, she picks it up, unobserved by him, and keeps it as a souvenir of their first near-meeting. On several other occasions he almost succeeds in being introduced to her, but always when he is nearest the goal of his desire he is hurled into the depths of despair. Still he persists, until finally his perseverance is rewarded through a most unique trick of fate.


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