Animation teaches us how to read tea leaves to tell a person's fortune.
Titles read: 'Your TEA LEAVES your FORTUNE!'
Pathe Studio, London.
Montage of shots showing different ways of telling fortunes. A woman puts playing cards face down on a table, turning some of them face up. C/U of a palm being read. A woman sits looking into a crystal ball while others sit around the table with her in the shadows.
C/U of the crystal ball as we see pictures of a liner ship and New York City appearing and fading.
We then see a woman sitting down to tea with a gypsy woman. They both turn their teacups upside down and move them about. The drops of tea are shaken out, because "drops mean tears to come". C/U of the woman crying (glycerine tears!).
Animated diagrams then show how to read shapes made by tea leaves and what they mean - bird shapes mean a pleasant journey, a ladder means unpleasant travel, arches mean foreign travel, a hammer or axe means "you will triumph", flowers mean good fortune, a rising sun means happiness at last. Cut to the woman looking delighted while the gypsy tells her fortune. More animation - a heart means "He is faithful", a chain or ring means marriage, a harp means happy marriage, a basket means an addition to the family.
Final animation shows a question mark coming out of a clump of leaves in a cup, then the word 'Clout'. A tea leaf man is thrown out of the clump and a tea leaf lady looks out at him. Speech bubble from her reads "I'm not that sort of a tea leaf".
Warning: it is apparently very bad luck to read your own tea leaves! You'll have to get someone else to watch this film if you want yours done.