The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne (novel)

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The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne is a 1905 British novel written by William John Locke. Along with his next book, The Beloved Vagabond, it was a major success.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

A middle aged schoolmaster unexpectedly inherits money and a title. Walking through a park he finds a young girl weeping - she's a harem girl who has been brought to London for an arranged marriage, and has run away. Not knowing what else to do, Sir Marcus brings her to his home.


In 1907, the novel was adapted by Locke into a play. In 1915, the first silent version was made with Marie Doro who starred in the 1907 play. In 1921, a silent film adaptation was made. In 1935, Miles Mander directed The Morals of Marcus, with Ian Hunter in the title role.


  1. ^ Elwin p.324


  • Elwin, Malcolm. Old Gods Falling. Collins, 1939.
  • Munden, Kenneth White. American Film Institute Catalog: Feature Films 1921-1930. University of California Press, 1971.
  • The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne public domain audiobook at LibriVox