Camille

1    
Camille! What a magic
conjuring of players who 
have portrayed Dumas'
immortal "Daughter of
Chance". And with them
comes to mind the thought 
of basque and crinoline.

2
But why not a Camille
of today? Living the 
same story in this
generation?

3
      Winter.
Paris, magic city of
pleasure, yet beneath
its tinseled gaiety
throbbing with life's
grim note of passion 
    and tragedy.

4
It was all new to
Armand Duval who 
had just come from 
the provinces.

  ... Rudolph Valentino

5
But his boyhood 
friend, Gaston Rieux,
had grown blasé.

    ... Rex Cherryman

6
"The Lady with the Camellias".
She was a useless ornament
- a plaything - a bird of
passage - a momentary
aurora.

Marguerite Gautier
	        Nazimova [signature]

7
"There is 'the Lady with
the Camellias' with the
Count de Varville. She
is evidently playing 
for higher stakes. The
old Duke is getting 
his congé."

8
"You really know
  her, Gaston?"

9
"Would you like to 
    meet her?"

10
"Permit me to introduce
a fellow law student."

11
"A law student?
He'd do better to
study love!"

12
Prudence was a sponger
on her younger and more 
successful sisters.

       ... Zeffie Tilbury

13
"Gaston, take me home!"

14
"Marguerite is giving a
supper party - let's drop
in and surprise her!"

15
"Not until you put a 
 jewel in my hand."

16
"Madame, you are ill!
You should not have
gone out - send them
away and call the
doctor."

17
"What does it matter,
Nanine? Who is there 
to care whether I live 
or not?"

18
"Poor boy - he is mad 
     about you!"

19
"Not until you put a 
 jewel in my hand."

20
"Let us drink to the Count
     whose wine we spill -

Who never objects
  to footing the bill -"

21
"Who is very persistent
   in his attentions -

Yet never conceals
   his - intentions!"

22
"A simple little girl from Bordeaux;
    Hair, eyes and feet - just so!
Modest little ways - dear little Clo!
   The simple little girl from Bordeaux."

23
"Here just a year - everyone's dear!
    Motors, jewels, clothes - oh! ho!
Are her eyes and feet - just so?
    Naughty little Clo - Clo from Bordeaux!"

24
"Oh, it is only Nichette!
She used to work in
the dressmaking shop
with Marguerite."

25
"Take your hands off -
she is too good for 
you!"

26
"Open the window!
 I am stifling!"

27
"She is ill!"

28
"She is always ill! Just
when we are enjoying
ourselves, on comes
that cough and our fun
is spoiled!"

29
"You are ill! Let me
send for the doctor!"

30
"It is nothing - see how
the others concern
themselves!"

31
"You are different! This
life is unworthy of you
- it is killing you!"

32
"You know who - what
I am? Go home - forget
that we have ever met."

33
"I wish I were a relative
- your servant - a dog
- that I might care 
for you - nurse you -
make you well!"

34
"My life is not for long
and short as it may
be, it would outlive
your love."

35
"This is no foolish 
fancy! Give me a chance
to prove my devotion!
Since I saw you this
evening, nothing else
seems to matter!"

36
"My symbol, Armand 
- a camellia. Cherished,
its beauty will excel
the loveliest flower,
but wound it with the
slightest touch and it
will die."

37
"Go! Go and take 
your sponging pack 
with you!"

38
"Leave her alone -
   she's drunk!"

39
       Spring.
Away from the old life,
Armand's tender care
proved that love is the
   greatest doctor.

40
And so Marguerite
heard the story of
Manon Lescaut, child
of passion, exiled to
the New World with
the scum of Paris -

41
- and of her lover,
who gave up honor
and country to follow 
her.

42
Over Marguerite fell
the shadow of a vague
presentiment. She was
Manon and Armand
was - 

43
"Why follow me, be-
loved? I am now the
lowest of the low."

44
"I will gladly lay my
honor at thy feet and
follow thee to the end
of the world."

45
"I could never chain 
you to my past, Armand
- drag you down -
never!"

46
"Nichette has made me
go to work. As soon
as I can earn enough
money, we will be
married."

47
"You will wear one
     some day."

48
"No, no - not that!"

49
      Summer.
Secrets - schemes -
sacrifices for future 
     happiness.

50
"Everything you possess
is listed on this bill of
sale. All it needs is 
your signature."

51
"Does Armand know?"

52
"Take them back to 
Paris, Prudence! They
have no place in this 
house!"

53
"Don't be a fool, Marguerite!
You are sacrificing every-
thing when the Count offers
you luxury."

54
"You are Marguerite
Gautier? I am Armand
Duval's father."

55
"I - I am Marguerite
      Gautier."

56
"I find that my son is
about to make over
his mother's legacy to
you. Why rob him of
his inheritance when
there are so many rich 
men in Paris?"

57
"I do not know what 
you mean! I would
not accept a penny 
from your son!"

58
"I am selling all I possess
- there is no need for
anxiety - I would do
anything for Armand."

59
"Then I ask you to give 
him up. I appeal to you
as a father who seeks
the happiness of both
his children."

60
"I have a daughter
who is engaged to
be married -"

61
"There has never been a 
scandal in our family. It
will be impossible for me
to marry your daughter,
unless Armand's name is
no longer linked with 'the
Lady with the Camellias'!"

62
"Her life is just begin-
ning - my daughter's
happiness is in your 
hands."

63
"I will go away until 
Armand's sister is 
married."

64
"That is not enough!"

65
"Do not ask me to give
him up forever! He is
my very life - I have
not long to live!"

66
"There is no future for
your love - you must
give him up!"

67
"Do not remind me of 
my past! I want to 
forget it!"

68
"You cannot - you are
chained to your past!
Would you drag the
man you love down
into the mire?"

69
"You are right! I must
make him hate me! He
must never want to
see me again!"

70
At nightfall, Marguerite
    left for Paris.

71
       Autumn.
The Hazard d'Or, the
smartest gaming place
      in Paris.

72
Paris boasted a new
Daughter of Chance,
whose golden beauty
bade fair to rival "the
Lady with the Camellias".
Olympe
  ... Consuelo Flowerton

73
"He is only doing it so
that Marguerite will
hear of it! He has been
like a madman for the
past month."

74
"And Marguerite!
Suppers - parties - she
is drugging herself with
excitement! She will
kill herself!"

75
"Look at your
broken-hearted
lover!"

76
"So we have both 
drifted back to the 
old life, Gaston!"

77
"I am here only to watch 
Armand. Nichette and
I are to be married
on the last day of 
the year."

78
"If chance could be 
bought with gold - like
a woman - you might
be the winner, my
dear Count!"

79
"It is usually the pro-
vincial upstart who
wins for the first time
- and boasts of his 
luck!"

80
"You have broken
    the bank!"

81
"Why are you here, 
Armand? I hoped you
would leave Paris!"

82
"I will - if you go
      with me!"

83
"I must not! I promised
     - I promised!"

84
"You promised? The
Count de Varville?"

85
"Say that you love him 
and I will leave Paris 
forever!"

86
"I love - the Count
   de Varville."

87
"You see that woman?
Do you know what 
she has done?"

88
"Listen - all of you! I 
loved her more than
life itself - but I was
poor and could not pay!
Her love was for sale
- she left me!"

89
"Bear witness that I pay
her now - that I owe
her nothing!"

90
"I am through with you
- and Paris, forever!"

91
       Winter.
With the last day of
   the dying year.

92
"It is the last day of
December - the wedding
day of Gaston and
Nichette."

93
"And to think that 
I am too ill to 
be there!"

94
"She is very ill."

95
"The court has ordered 
an immediate auction 
to satisfy the demands 
of creditors."

96
"I know they have come
- what does it matter?
It is the end."

97
"Your jewels, Madame?"

98
"It is the most precious 
    thing I possess!"

99
"She is in delirium."

100
"Do not weep, Gaston,
the world will lose
nothing. I was a useless
ornament - a plaything
- a momentary aurora."

101
"Armand."

102
"Let me sleep - let me
dream - I am happy."

THE END.

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