Orphans of the Storm

1 
TIME:- Before and during
 the French Revolution.

Our story is of two little
orphans who suffer first
through the tyranny - self-
ishness - of Kingly bosses,
nobles and aristocrats.

2
After the King's Government
falls they suffer with the rest
of the people as much through
the new Government, estab-
lished by the pussy-footing
Robespierre through Anarchy
and Bolshevism.

3
Strange that both of these evil
rulers were otherwise highly
moral men except that they
saw evil in all who did not 
THINK AS THEY DID.

4
The lesson - the French
Revolution RIGHTLY over-
threw a BAD government.
But we in America should be
careful lest we with a GOOD
government mistake fanatics
for leaders and exchange
our decent law and order for
  Anarchy and Bolshevism.

5
        PROLOGUE
     ____ ____ ____

The de Vaudreys, a famous
family of the nobility, out-
raged at the dishonor put
upon them by the marriage
of their daughter with a
commoner -

6
... slay her husband.

7
To protect the family 
name they take her 
baby from her helpless
arms.

The aristocrats considering the
common man but slightly more im-
portant than their other property.

8
Instead of the promised
   sheltering care -

9
Jean Girard, driven by
direst poverty puts his 
baby Henriette on the
foundling step of Notre
Dame - to save her from
starvation.

10
The other unfortunate
whose baby hands
tremble with the cold
awakens him to the
danger that may await 
      his own.

11
With the usual incon-
sistency of mankind -

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- he returns home
with both babies.

13
Baby Henriette.

14
Around the throat of
the other foundling -

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So Life's journey
     begins.

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In a northern province.
       _______

Pass the little years
for Henriette and 
Louise - afterwards
the two orphans.

17
Henriette Girard.

18
Louise.

19
       THE PLAY
         ***
The palace of the Count de
Linieres, Prefect of Police of
         Paris.

20
No other warrant but 
his signature is needed
to send one into life 
imprisonment or exile
- subject only to the 
        king.

21
The mother of the 
foundling Louise -
now the Countess 
  de Linieres.

22
Through the years since
she was forced by her
family into marriage with
the Count, her past has
 been kept from him.

23
The young Chevalier
de Vaudrey, nephew
of the Countess, of a
nobility the world's
proudest and oldest.

24
Picard, the Chevalier's
valet.

25
Jean Setain, Nicknamed
"Jacques-Forget-Not", a tenant
on the Countess' estate -
one who will go far and in
the journey stormfully cross
the orphans' path.

26
"The rent - I can't
pay - taxes and
everything so high -"

27
"My Lady, things have 
gone hard since my
father 'displeased' the
great lord - your father
- and was punished -"

28
"- the young Chevalier
de Vaudrey taught to
look on approvingly -"

29
"- boiling lead
into his veins."

30
In his dreams of 
vengeance these three 
are never forgotten.

31
Louis XVI, King of France,
representing the selfish
tyranny of the old feudal
rights of Kingship and
Aristocracy.

32
The Palais Royal gardens,
which the Duc D'Orleans,
through hatred of the King,
his cousin, has allowed to
be used as a place of rebell-
ious talk against the King.

33
Thomas Jefferson, Ambassador
from the United States, and
 the Marquis de Lafayette.

34
Danton, a struggling lawyer,
disgusted with the rule of
Kings, afterwards famous as
the "pock-marked Thunderer"
of the French Revolution.
Note:-The Abraham Lincoln of France.

35
"'From America's Congress'
- that's the kind of 
government we want here."

36
       The Two Orphans
            ***
Time finds Henriette preparing
    for a visit to Paris.

37
Since Louise's blindness
Henriette has cared for
her with a love over-
whelming as that of a
mother for her helpless
         baby.

38
Louise -
    Miss Dorothy Gish

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Henriette -
     Miss Lillian Gish

40
For after the plague
had deprived Henriette
of her parents and left
 Louise afflicted ....

41
Henriette forced to tell 
 her of her blindness.

42
"Henriette - I can't
see you!"

43
"Don't - Don't - I'll
take care of you -
I - I'll see for you."

44
While in the city -

45
A hat - and other
     things.

46
Danton's indignation at
the injustice that gives
to the aristocrats limit-
less luxury and to the
people unspeakable
poverty.

47
The Chevalier sees -

48
"If more of the aristocrats
were like you, things
would be different."

49
Having received hope 
that Louise's blindness
can be cured in Paris -
the two orphans are
ready for the journey.

50
"Then when Miss Baby's
eyes are quite well -
I shall sit down like a
lady - and you'll do all 
the work."

51
"I won't go - you'll meet
somebody in Paris - get
married - and - and I'll
be left all alone!"

52
The little solemn oath:
Never to marry until 
Louise can see and
approve her husband.

53
Paris - The market
place near the Pont
       Neuf.

54
Pierre Frochard.

55
"Scissors to mend -
knives to grind!"

56
Pierre's mother, a
disreputable old
   scoundrel.

57
"Charity! Charity!"

58
Jacques Frochard,
Pierre's brother.

59
Jacques' indignation at
Pierre's small earnings.

60
The old coach blocks
the way of a great
noble - the Marquis
   de Praille.

61
Henriette naively
confides the entire
details of their
trip to Paris.

62
"No, Monsieur, I think
we had better go in 
our own coach."

63
Knowing they are only 
of the common people, 
the Marquis plots -

64
Inflamed by Henriette's 
virginal beauty, the
Marquis orders La Fleur
to abduct her at any
hazard.

65
The Marquis arrives in Paris.

66
"Dead? Sorry - This
for the mother."

67
"Are the horses hurt?"

An historical incident.

68
At the coach house.

69
"At my fete - make no
mistake, La Fleur -
bring her."

70
La Fleur lays his
      plans.

71
Monsieur Martin, a
friend of the family,
come to meet the two
     orphans.

72
"Plenty of time -
the coach is late."

73
The little north gate.

74
Twilight - the fete
at the palace of the
Marquis de Praille.

75
The Marquis.

76
The arrival of the
Chevalier de Vaudrey.

77
  Enough wasted at 
these feasts to feed 
        many.

78
Poverty murmurs
ominously outside
   the gates.

79
La Fleur having disposed
of Monsieur Martin.

80
La Fleur biding
   his time.

81
The Marquis feared no 
criticism of his dissolute 
orgies - secure in his 
aristocratic privileges.

82
"Best enjoy our privileges
while we can - there is
but a short time left."

83
"The people cry out
for bread."

84
"No friends? I'LL
take care of you."

85
Old Frochard sees a
chance to get easy
money.

86
Frochard's home.

87
"Here are your
lodgings, dearie."

88
When the moon rose.

89
The play foretelling what
is to happen to ALL after
twelve o'clock.

90
A fountain of wine.

91
"Here's my little beauty!
Now you'll all be envious."

92
"My sister Louise -
where is she?"

93
"Quick! Please -
let me go!"

94
"Don't you understand?
She is BLIND! She
cannot take a SINGLE
STEP without me!"

95
The Chevalier at first
thinking it only the
sham of a willing victim.

96
"Among all these noblemen
- isn't there ONE MAN
      OF HONOR?"

97
"Come, Mademoiselle,
we will leave this
place."

98
"After twelve o'clock
no one leaves this
house!"

99
Conveyances having been
     sent away ....

100
The vengeful Jacques-
Forget-Not mistakes
them as a part of the
revel.

101
"Henriette! Henriette!"

102
"Pretty - blind - she'll
beg us lots of money."

103
Lodging house, home of
Maxmillian Robespierre, a
poor lawyer, who, when he
becomes a ruler of France
will play an important part
in Henriette's life.

104
Lodgings arranged for.

105
"I - I don't know
how to thank you!"

106
"Don't - Please don't cry!"

107
"Forgive me! I - I'll
never do it again."

108
The Count enraged at
the gossip over the
Chevalier's fight about
some woman, commands 
Picard to watch his
      conduct.

109
"You sing - I'll do
the begging -"

110
Louise refusing to beg
upon the street, they
try a means to bring 
 her to their will.

111
"Henriette! Henriette!"

112
Thinking she sees
    Louise -

113
Outraged at the Chevalier's
interest in Henriette, the
Count refuses the aid of
the police in searching for
          Louise.

114
"Monsieur, you must 
end your association
with these common 
people."

115
Reporting to the police.

116
Louise promises
   obedience.

117
A word from the King
arranges a marriage
between the Chevalier
de Vaudrey and a wom-
an of princely rank.

118
            The Count delighted
at a marriage that will advance
his family still higher.

119
Danton and Robespierre.

120
"Are you the little
girl who lost her 
sister?"

121
Robespierre, who little
dreams that between
himself and Danton the 
world will be shaken
and they soon shall
   rule France.

122
"Damned aristocrats!
The people are going 
to stop that sort of 
thing!"

123
"Women will be your
downfall, Danton."

124
I have arranged a state
marriage for you with
a Princess of the Blood.

125
"I cannot marry her.
I have already met 
the girl I love."

126
"You dare disobey
the King!"

127
"With the People's govern-
ment there will be no
common man, no aristo-
crat, no rich nor poor
- but all brothers -
brothers - brothers."

128
Danton's eloquence alarms
a great royalist -- who plots.

129
The royalist spies.

130
"You can't go - Better
a little gossip about
me than for you to 
lose your life."

131
Danton's power among 
the people is growing, 
the police take his side.

132
The morning.

133
"I hear Danton was
in a little trouble
last night."

134
Robespierre, the original 
pussy-footer, a splendid
regulator of other people's 
morals and affairs -

135
She thinking - "If I had a
great brother like this -"
As for his thoughts - -

136
Promising to remember
    all his life.

137
"You are mistaken -
I live quite alone."

138
"A friend of mine,
I am sure."

139
A little door slam -
yet later it shall shadow
Henriette at the doors
of death.

140
Not even his name!

141
The good doctor from
      La Force.

142
"Don't encourage her too 
much - bring her to
me - I'm quite sure
she can be cured."

143
"No - he said your
case is hopeless."

144
"You'll shiver better
without that shawl."

145
After another search.

146
"Any news of her?"

147
Picard acting on the
Count's instructions.

148
"Don't you ever think 
 of anyone but her?"

149
The betrothal ring.

150
"Marry you - an aristo-
crat! Why, that would
ruin you in the eyes
of all the world!"

151
"Don't you - Don't
you love me?"

152
"No!"

153
"You DO love me!"

154
"When Louise is found
- dreams - yes -
perhaps you might find
a way to bring them
true."

155
Youthfully swearing that
Louise WILL SOON BE
FOUND!

156
The Countess not sus-
pecting this beggar girl
is her own daughter.

157
Stirred by a strange
      sympathy.

158
"My daughter -
youngest of seven."

159
"Give this to your 
mother, child."

160
            The Chevalier begs
the Countess, his aunt, to see
his loved one for herself.

161
"I am the aunt of the
Chevalier de Vaudrey."

162
The Count commands
marriage after his will
or exile to a fortress
       prison.

163
"Marriage between you
and the Chevalier is
impossible."

164
"I love him, Madame."

165
"Louise - that name 
is very dear to me."

166
"Help me - find my
sister - I - I will do
anything you say."

167
The autocratic Count
moves to settle this
love affair for once
and all.

168
"Blind - so helpless
- like taking care 
of a baby."

169
"She isn't really my 
sister - but -"

170
"My own child!"

171
"Singing - don't you
hear?"

172
"In my dreams I hear -
I must be losing my
reason."

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"LOUISE!"

174
"Don't get excited -
wait - I'll be there."

175
"Henriette Girard!"

176
"Arrest her!"

177
The prison for fallen
      women ....

178
.... The greater injustice.

179
The Chevalier exiled to
a royalist center far 
from Paris.

180
Exultant - the Revo-
lution is nearly ready.

181
A greater danger
  for Louise.

182
"I saw such a girl
with la Frochard -
she lives on the Rue 
de Brissac -"

183
"You should have told
me before."

184
Picard, despite the 
Count, goes to deliver
a message from the
Chevalier to Henriette.

185
    The Storm
The ominous drum
murmurs to the people
of their ancient wrongs.

186
"Down with tyrants!"

187
"Down with the Bastille!"

188
"Starvation - oppression -
ages of injustice - prisons
where your innocent ones
die under autocracy!"

189
Danton wins the guards
  that bar his way.

190
The first combat between
the King's soldiers and
      the people.

191
Robespierre - waiting 
     the outcome.

192
Danton's thunder
shaking the world.

193
Henriette hopes.

194
The King hears -

195
The Count also.

196
"With the fall of the
Bastille - the King's
     stronghold.

197
The People triumphant.

198
"Set free the victims
of Tyranny!"

199
Vengeance on the
aristocrats, their 
former masters.

200
Strikes the lightning -
Jacques-Forget-Not
remembers.

201
The victims of the
Aristocrats are freed.

202
The Count emigrates with
 the other aristocrats.

203
Forget-Not is too late 
for complete vengeance
on the de Vaudreys.

204
"My sister's shawl!"

205
"Where is she?"

206
"Poor thing - with the 
hard life we have to 
lead - she - she died."

207
Appealing to the law
to verify the truth of
the old hag's story.

208
Drunk with their new free-
dom - the riff-raff of the 
city dance the Carmagnole
- that unexplainable wild
expression of the mob
madness.

209
There IS no law!

210
Henriette caught in 
    the storm.

211
"I have been a coward 
long enough - don't 
touch her!"

212
"Who'll stop me?"

213
"You have said it, 
Jacques! We come of
a race that kills!"

214
The downfall of Royalty
- the end of the first
Tyranny.

215
But - defeating the People's
will - arises a new Tyranny
- Anarchy - Bolshevism -
and the sly politician,
Robespierre -

216
- the greatest Tyrants,
working upon mob passions,
as head of the deadly 
Committee of Public Safety.

217
A decree sending twenty-
two political rivals to the
Guillotine - the Committee
having been given abso-
lute power by the new
Democratic Government.

218
Danton vainly pleads 
     for mercy.

219
"France must be purged 
    of all vice."
Robespierre's oft repeated
       speech.

220
The Chevalier begins 
the long journey to see
Henriette again despite
the warning that death
awaits all aristocrats
returning to Paris.

221
Prison massacre of 
the Aristocrats.

222
        In this storm-wracked
world, Jacques-Forget-Not has
become a great judge - a most
    fanatical patriot.

223
Inspecting the barriers.

224
"Watch strictly that no 
aristocrats escape! Our
new law also condemns 
to death all who SHELTER
an aristocrat."

225
"Be careful yourself of
the sharp female called
"Guillotine!"

226
After a hazardous
     journey.

227
"This pass is for 
you only."

228
Forget-Not's chance 
for vengeance.

229
Danton a national hero.

230
"Thou who hast said,
'I am the light',
Show me the way."

231
"Arrest de Vaudrey and
all in that room!"

232
"You are under arrest 
as a returned aristocrat."

233
"YOU are also under 
arrest, Citizeness, for
sheltering a returned 
aristocrat."

234
Henriette and the Chevalier
before the dread Tribunal
of the Reign of Terror -

235
The sans-culottes -
hoodlums whom not
even the masters dare 
      offend.

236
Jury and judges in one.

237
Robespierre, the Tyrant,
a distinguished visitor.

238
"Guillotine!"

239
"We have had no trial!"

240
"LOUISE! LOUISE!"

241
"Henriette Girard and
Citizen de Vaudrey!"

242
"An aristocrat - yes 
- but not an enemy
of the people."

243
"I MYSELF accuse you,
Citizen de Vaudrey! I
accuse your family and
all aristocrats of oppres-
sion and murder through
countless generations!"

244
"Guillotine - Guillotine -
      GUILLOTINE!"

245
"You sheltered this aristocrat?"

246
"Of course - I - I
love him."

247
"The penalty for shel-
tering an aristocrat 
is death, Citizeness."

248
"She might hear -
please - not so
loud!"

249
"Please - my sister
- we have just met
after a long time -
she - she is blind!"

250
"Louise, stand up -
they want to see you."

251
"You see - there's 
nobody to take care 
of her."

252
"You were an inmate
of the prison for fall-
en women?"

253
"Yes, Monsieur, but
I was not guilty."

254
"GUILLOTINE!"

255
"One hour with her -
only one hour - then
I will go with him!"

256
  Three miles away.
The guillotine outside
the old city gates.

257
The trial and deadly
     ceremonial.

258
"The trigger's been slip-
ping - not working
well."

259
Death's down-dropping
      gesture.

260
"Keep her here until
I return."

261
"No, Danton! Another plea 
for mercy only endangers
your own life!"

262
"Her name is here
- she goes."

263
To the guillotine -
 the death carts.

264
Danton asks a hearing.

265
"A great injustice has been 
done! I ask the lives
of Henriette Girard and
Citizen de Vaudrey!"

266
"NO! NO!"

267
"You question the jus-
tice of the People's
Tribunal?"

268
Between Love and
Hatred - the long
     battle.

269
The greatest of orators
beginning his greatest
       oration.

270
The farewell.

271
"I plead not for these alone
- but against TYRANNY -
HATRED - for MERCY -
LOVE - that alone will
save our suffering nation!"

272
The long journey ended.

273
At the foot of the
 gates of death.

274
"His wish! Give
Danton his wish!"

275
"Close the gates to 
the guillotine!"

276
The pardon.

277
"The time has come, 
    Citizeness."

278
The friendly soldier.

279
"Save him for the
guillotine!"

280
"Release that boy!"

281
Pierre set free.

282
Danton's plea for mercy
finally spreads throughout
France until justice returns.
Not until after Robespierre
himself is guillotined does a
REAL DEMOCRACY begin to
dawn. Then are rights re-
stored and do gardens bloom 
         again.

283
The doctor's gift.

284
The Countess vowing
Pierre's welfare will
be her special care.

285
"Do you approve 
of him?"

The End.

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