When a Man Loves

1
Times change, but
 human love is
 everlasting.

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2
In the old cathedral
 town of Amiens,
 France, on a May
 morning during the
 reign of Louis XV.

3
André Lescaut - -
 a dissolute product
 of the old régime -
 the best card sharp
 in the King's Guard.

4
His sister, Manon -
 a flower freshly
 plucked from the
 countryside - ignorant
 alike of cities and
 the ways of men.

	- - - Dolores Costello.

5
Monsieur Guillot
 de Morfontaine - a
 notorious roué and
 friend of the King.

6
"My faith! Already your
 pretty nose turns up at
 the idea of going to a
       convent!"

7
"I will do whatever you
 think best for me. You
 are all I have, dear
       brother."

8
The midway Inn for
 the Paris diligence -
 crowded with students
 going to St. Sulpice
 to be examined for
 the priesthood.

9
The Chevalier Fabien
 des Grieux - heir
 of the first family
 in Picardy - who has
 just renounced the
 Order of Malta to
 devote himself to
 the church.

 - - - John Barrymore.

10
"My son, you now begin
 your priestly duties in
 earnest. This medal, sent
 by the Bishop himself,
 will protect you against
 temptations of the flesh." 

11
"You have well earned it,
 Fabien - by your brilliance
       as a student."

12
"A convent, my dear
 Lieutenant, will be a
 dull frame for the
 fresh young beauty
  of your sister."

13
"One does not find frames
 of gold at the bottom of
     an empty purse."

14
"Paris is her proper setting.
 As a connoisseur - and one
 of ample means - - may I
       suggest - ?"

15
"Fabien, you dropped
     your medal."

16
"The diligence is over-
 crowded. 'Tis better we
 travel by coach - later."

17
"Why not inform your sister
 of her good fortune and
 prepare her to start with
     me immediately?"

18
"How would you like to go
 to Paris, my little cabbage -
 instead of the musty old
        convent?"

19
"What luck, my dear! The
 rich de Morfontaine is mad
        about you!"

20
"Not he - not that awful
        old man!"

21
"Be sensible, child! You will
 have everything - garters
 sparkling with diamonds
 for those dimpled knees -
 leagues of Brussels lace to
 trim the little chemises -"

22
"A light coach and your
 fastest team! I return to
     Paris at once!"

23
"You shall not want for
 protection in Paris. Your
 devoted brother will be
 watching over his little
         chick."

24
"Those tears should never
 dim the brightness of
   eyes like yours."

25
"Mademoiselle, I proffer my
 services. I overheard your
 companions plotting. Please
   trust me as a friend."

26
"I thank you, Monsieur -
  I do need a friend."

27
"M'sieu's coach is ready!"

28
"The young rascalion -
 he's turned all the
   horses loose!"

29
Two innocents -
 afloat in the great
 city of Paris.

30
"All my life, I've wanted
      a lavaliere."

31
"But this silly little locket
    isn't what I wanted!"

32
"My dear, such a monstrous,
 gaudy thing would ill become
    that delicate throat."

33
"Why, Fabien! You've
 pawned your buckles
  to buy me this!"

34
"It is the most beautiful
   locket in the world!"

35
"Would M'sieu and his
 pretty lady like a shelter
    for the night?"

36
"I hope the room
 pleases Madame."

37
"M'sieu's room is just
 adjoining - whenever
     he's ready."

38
"I'll get something to refresh
 you after your tiresome
         journey."

39
Youth - love - poverty
 - companions three.

40
"The old nanny-goat
 downstairs says your
    rent's due."

41
"We've been in Paris a
 whole week! That makes
 today our anniversary!"

42
"When we are rich, you
 shall have a gold chain
   for your locket."

43
"Calm yourself - I will go
   to my bank at once."

44
"Compose yourself, Madame -
 I am on my way to collect
 the revenues from my fiscal
          agent."

45
"You're a fool to waste
 yourself on a pauper.
 Fancy baggage like
 you should fetch a
    fancy price."

46
"You'll come to it, my
 gosling! Mother Paris
 will teach you that
 diamonds give more
 light than candles!"

47
"Please, my dear, kind friend -
 it is the anniversary of my
      Fabien's love."

48
"So the very sight of her
 beloved brother renders
 the little Manon speechless
         with joy!"

49
"A merry chase you've 
 led me, my cunning doe -
 but from now on you're
 through with des Grieux -
      come along!"

50
"We love each other. If
 you try to separate us
  I will kill myself!"

51
"Fabien is back! Go - or
 he will give you over 
    to the police!"

52
"Des Grieux wouldn't dare.
 The police are after him
   for abducting you!"

53
"I'm looking for my friend 
       des Grieux."

54
"Perhaps 'tis better that
    I speak with you."

55
"Mademoiselle, do you
 realize the wreck you
 are making of Fabien's 
         life?"

56
"What do you mean,
 Monsieur? We love
 each other and we
 are quite, quite
      happy."

57
"You are married then -
     you and he?"

58
"My child, for Fabien's
 sake, you must leave
         him."

59
"You have stripped him of
 fortune, father and God.
 What have you given in
        return?"

60
"I have given him my
 heart - my whole heart
  - all, all of it!"

61
"'Tis not enough, my child.
 If you really love him, you
 will make this sacrifice -
   never see him again!"

62
"God will bless you for
 giving him back to us."

63
"He's right. You've spoiled
 des Grieux's prospects - do
 you seek to ruin your 
       own too?"

64
"I cannot - cannot go
 without seeing him."

65
"It will mean prison for 
 your precious Chevalier
 unless you come with 
       me - now!"

66
"I almost started a revolution
 getting the locket exchanged 
     for these buckles."

67
"Tell Fabien to take good 
 care of Fifi till I come 
           back."

68
"Where is Manon?"

69
"Why you poor simpleton!
 She's gone with a fine
 gentleman who called for
          her."

70
"I haven't told her about
 you. The little fool thinks
 this is my establishment!"

71
"My poor house is favored
 indeed, by having such a
 beautiful creature for its
      new mistress."

72
"Never you mind - Paris 
 will tame her. I'll follow
 and bring the pullet home
        to roost."

73
Puppets - - a city of
puppets - - mishandled 
toys of fate, moved
by some power
invisible.

74
"A little milk, please -"

75
"- for the cat."

76
"Come with me and I'll
    make you rich!"

77
"Who drinks with me
 drinks to my wench!"

78
"She happens to be my 
 sister, good comrade -
 and much too frail to
 please a robust fellow
       like you."

79
A jumble of weary 
 days, consumed in
 fruitless searching,
 and still no trace
 of Manon.

80
"At last I have found
   you, my friend!"

81
"You need the sympathy
 of those who love you -
  come home with me!"

82
"I shall never leave Paris
 till I have found Manon."

83
"Your Manon is now the
 mistress of the notorious 
    de Morfontaine."

84
"No, no! I will not believe 
 such a thing - it is not 
          true!"

85
"It is true. All Paris knows
 it. They frequent a certain
   gambling club in the
   Boulevard Montmartre."

86
"Use your father's credit to
 make yourself presentable,
 and at the next assembly 
     you shall see."

87
At the glittering 
 sanctuary where
 fashionable Paris
 quietly indulges an
 appetite for gambling.

88
"Guess my age, Joujou,
 and put twenty louis
   on the number."

89
"Impossible, my dove - the
   numbers only run to
      thirty-six!"

90
"Try your luck, Monsieur!
 Place a wager on the age
   of your sweetheart."

91
"Nineteen."

92
"Nineteen! But that is
   divinely young!"

93
"You and every old rogue
 in Paris has prattled of
 nothing but youth since
     you saw Manon."

94
"Nineteen wins!"

95
"Repeat the play."

96
"Monsieur wins again -
 and twelve hundred
    gold louis!"

97
"Manon!"

98
"Manon!"

99
"Manon!"

100
"Manon!"

101
"De Morfontaine is lavishing 
 the stock of ten jewelers
         on Manon."

102
"Trust her. The cocotte
 knows how to collect
   for her favors."

103
"Permit me to commend
 your taste in jewels,
    Mademoiselle."

104
"I could never have
 afforded pearls. You
 were wise to discard
         me."

105
"Gold is your love - here -
         take it!"

106
"I shall not forget this insult!"

107
"You were right, my friend,
 when you told me women
     have no souls."

108
"Take me away! I wish never
  to see her face again!"

109
At the Chateau
de Grieux, on the
estate of Fabien's
father in Picardy.

110
"Fabien is saved - Manon
 banished from his thoughts!
 He has entered St. Sulpice
  to resume his studies."

111
Beneath the stately
arches of St. Sulpice,
where candles gleam
before the altar of 
an ancient faith.

112
After a year of
torment, peace -
and tomorrow Fabien
will take the 
irrevocable vow 
of priesthood.

113
"I have attended every mass
 for weeks in the hope of
       seeing you!"

114
"Your very presence here
 profanes the house of God!"

115
"I cannot deny it. All that
 you think of me is true."

116
"It was my brother who took
 me away - but, oh, Fabien -
 I have loved only you -
        always!"

117
"What of your protector?
 How dare you come plead-
 ing to me - fresh from the
    arms of that man!"

118
"I haven't seen him since the
 night - that awful night -
       at the club."

119
"You still wear his jewels!"

120
"I'm sorry, Fabien - but I'm
 just a woman. I shall always
   love jewels and pretty
         clothes!"

121
"If you send me away now,
 there's only one place left
  for me - the streets -"

122
"I suppose, by now,
 little Fifi has grown
 into the grandest cat -
 oh, I've been so lonely
 for you both, Fabien!"

123
"She met des Grieux and
 they escaped together."

124
Golden days for 
Fabien - thanks to
his father's credit -
while his adored
Manon presides 
over the elegant
Salon des Grieux.

125
While the insinuating
Brother Andre enjoys
a few crumbs of
hospitality in
the adjoining
antechamber.

126
"Your father has heard of
 your return to Manon and
 has stopped your credit!"

127
"You're clever enough to
 make a living at cards,
 once you learn the
 tricks of the trade."

128
"Cheating!"

129
"Madame Pompadour has
 the only other, and her's
 cost ten thousand francs!"

130
"This is but five thousand!"

131
"And Pompadour's but ten -
 a mere five thousand
     difference."

132
"Of course you may have
 it my love - and send for
   Pompadour's also."

133
"Just how does a gentleman
 perform those clever tricks?"

134
"A bit of luck, that - you
    can't do it again!"

135
"How in Satan's name,
 did you get such a 
   supple wrist?"

136
"With your name, your
 tailor and your profile -
   we shall go far."

137
Where beauty makes 
 rendezvous with wit -
 the Salon of the
 Duc de Richelieu.

138
The Duc de Richelieu
 - - the King's ear.

139
"Surely Guillot, you were
 not serious when you
 asked the King's aid in
  reclaiming Manon?"

140
"Suppose the King should
 take a fancy to her
      himself?"

141
"That will be your concern, 
     my dear friend."

142
"I perceive you have a
 dainty palate for hen
  partridges, my lord."

143
Louis XV - -
 King of France.

144
"His Majesty would discard
 the formality of court 
        tonight."

145
"Where is this dazzling
 creature, Manon - and
    her protector?"

146
"Control yourself, Sire - they
   will be here presently."

147
"Can you blame de Morfontaine
 for losing his head over such
       a beauty, Sire?"

148
"She is a little Venus,
  present her to me!"

149
"One whose wishes are of
 the utmost importance,
 wishes to meet Mademoiselle
         Lescaut."

150
"'Tis a command!"

151
"He is the King!"

152
"You belong at court, my
 dear. Under royal protection
 your advancement will be 
          rapid."

153
"Already des Grieux's hands
 itch for the cards - shall I
     arrange the game?"

154
"Tell that wizard des 
 Grieux, that I will
      play him."

155
"I trust, Sire, you have
  your best cards up 
    your sleeve."

156
"There is one worthy of
 your mettle, Chevalier, 
 who would engage with
 you for high stakes."

157
"May I ask with whom 
 I have the honor to 
      engage?"

158
"I am the Chevalier 
    des Grieux!"

159
"I am the King of France!"

160
"Any of my possessions
 that you choose, against -
  Mademosielle Lescaut."

161
"One does not reach to 
 heaven for a star and
 fling it on the soiled
 cloth of a gaming table!"

162
"We shall play for the
 stake I have named!"

163
"Your Majesty's wish
   is a command."

164
"The last card, Chevalier -
  and we play no more!"

165
"There is only one Ace
 of Diamonds - you are
      a cheat!"

166
"One cannot say of the
 King that he - cheats!"

167
"Fetch my winnings
 upstairs to me."

168
"That lady shall remain
       with me!"

169
"You dare not ignore a
    royal command!"

170
"Manon!"

171
"Gentlemen of France,
 your King is insulted!"

172
"She is a public woman,
 this Manon - she would 
 drag the royal name
 through the mud of the
    Paris streets."

173
"If I save you from the
 King, will you come
    back to me?"

174
"In that case tell de
 Morfontaine we are
  not interested."

175
"His Majesty has lost
 interest and suggests
 you follow your own 
    inclinations."

176
"Take her to the Prison
   of the Magdalen!"

177
"Do you surrender?"

178
"Throw him into
 the Bastile!"

179
"You are much too good a
 cheat to go to prison. You
   must come to court."

180
"What have you done
    with Manon?"

181
"She has been arrested
 as a public character
 and will be deported
    to Louisiana."

182
"If your taste runs in that
 direction, Chevalier, you
 will find plenty of the
 frail sisterhood at court."

183
"Where is Manon?"

184
"She - she's been taken
   to the Magdalen!"

185
The Prison of the
 Magdalen - where
 the bedraggled
 remnants of Parisian
 womanhood are
 bundled together
 for deportation.

186
"I must see the Prefect
      of Police!"

187
"Have pity! Manon has
 broken no laws - you
  cannot deport her!"

188
"Then it may surprise you
 to learn that she is being
 shipped out this very
        morning."

189
"In the name of God - 
     stop them!"

190
"Too late!"

191
"She shall sweat in the penal
 colony, and you, my brave
 Chevalier, shall be elevated
 to your proper position - -
     on the scaffold!"

192
"I shall see that you are
 not disturbed, Monsieur."

193
"Monsieur the Prefect is
 not in the best of moods.
 He has a weighty matter
     on his chest."

194
"If you'd ride with these
 soiled doves, my cockerel,
 you must pay your fare!"

195
Le Havre - - port of
 embarkation for
 thieves, murderers and
 other criminals - - all
 doomed to penal
 servitude in the
 colonies.

196
The Captain of the
 convict ship - -
 proper master for
 such a cargo.

197
"The Prefect of Police has
 been murdered - - we've
 traced the assassin to the
         docks!"

198
"You may search the ship,
 you lubbers - but I won't
  delay our departure!"

199
"If all the prisoners
 are accounted for
 then unleash these
      women."

200
"Name of a name! A
 beauty at last! Take
  her to my cabin!"

201
"She is my wife!"

202
"Throw him in the hell-
 hold with the rest of 
  the prison hyenas!"

203
"This child is ill, 
    you beast!"

204
A stormy voyage,
 dragging its length
 in unnumbered
 leagues of misery.
  At last, America
looming near.

205
"Land ho!"

206
"How's my morsel of dessert
 - that little blonde I've been
    saving for the last?"

207
"Stifle in your own fumes -
 you fly-blown gallows meat!"

208
"Come morning you'll be
 in chains too - you flea-
     eating monkey!"

209
"You once were men - and
 you have let them make
    animals of you!"

210
"Tomorrow we land. You'll
 be chained to mill-wheel
 and plow - cattle - driven
 before the lash until you
          die!"

211
"There is yet time. You can
 possess this ship - roaming
 the seas in freedom, with
 all the gold of commerce
  yours for the taking!"

212
"Yapping curs! Are you so
 weak you fear to strain
   your lousy backs?"

213
"By the devil's wife! I'm
 strong enough to squeeze
 you - till the red juice
           pops!"

214
"Then use your strength
 on those chains, you 
      filthy ox!"

215
"Pull - pull - you sons of
    diseased camels!"

216
"All together - pull - you
   degenerate breed of
   mangy dungeon rats!"

217
"PULL - you hellions -
     for liberty!"

218
"Ours! By the blazing
 gates of hell! The ship 
        is ours!"

219
"Yonder - America! For us
 freedom - and everlasting
           love."

The End

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