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Alexandre Dumas holds a novel in his hands and pondering its content about the love told touchy and heart-wrenching.
The sublime love story depicting the grace of unconditional affection through the affair between Lawyer, Mr. Armand Duval and famous coutesan known by her camellias Ms. Marguerite Gautier sets palpable grounds of what he is actually experiencing in author's life.

A cold day in February, Armand Duval comes to the graveyard covered under snow to visit the love of his life. He then finds a woman praying right beside her tomb. As soon as he begins to observe this woman, he drifts off into thoughts of the past streaming in front of his eyes.

Madame Barjon just opens her shop and awaits her customers on a lovely day of spring when the city, Paris itself is full of action. Young and noble lawyer Armand is taking a walk unaware that his life is about to change for good. Marguerite known and therefore given the name of 'The Lady of the Camellias' after her fondness for these flowers, comes to pick her favorites as usual from the shop of her florist and dear friend Madame Barjon. Marguerite leads a demimondaine life through which she finds ways to maintain gaudiness and luxury. Count de Varville follows hard after Marguerite and offers all his fortune just to win her.

A festive ball is taking place. Famous couples of the bourgeois such as Baron and Baroness Lefepre, Baron and Baroness Girard, Duke and Duchess Mercier along with the most beautiful women and rich men of Paris have gathered for this occasion. Gaston, Olimpia and Armand arrive together. Meanwhile Marguerite having showed up together with Count de Varville is purely the center of attention. Being aware of her illness, Prudence Duvernoy frequently checks up on Marguerite. All rests eye on this famous courtesan and Armand is no exception. He simply is carried away by her gorgeous looks, watching in awe the way she moves. Olympia introduces them when Marguerite feels deeply affected by this handsome young man's penetrating looks but still pays no heed. Prudence Duvernoy notices that Marguerite's illness recurs hence move her to a corner for her to rest. Armand, enchanted and dumfounded simply cannot shake off the impression of this noble, fair and fleshly woman. He sees no other while Marguerite is in complex feelings. Count de Varville, presents the necklace he has bought for the woman he is madly in love with right in front of the present company. As a lady who is eagerly fond of valuable gifts and ostentatious living Marguerite thanks the Count yet even then she is fully aware of a pair of eyes fixed on her. Armand takes the opportunity to draw her aside while everyone is engaged in a conversationn unfurls his feelings for her. Marguerite soon caves in to this good-looking man's wooing, hands him her camellia and fixes up a rendezvous to meet him at her house when ball ends.

Armand runs up to her house, embracing her tightly while crying out loud that he no longer is able to live without her love. Marguerite awestruck, knows not what to do over this confession only to decide after some mood swings, investing him with her short-left life due to her illness. Hence leaving all their past and sheenful life in Paris behind they flee off to Armand's country house.


Marguerite and Armand living off sight in a cottage, are endeared as well by the villagers. The air of the country-side works wonders with her and even her illness begins to get better. They are extremely happy. Nanine provides for all needs of her mistress. In the process, a letter arrives informing that all Marguerite's belongings and properties are to be confiscated due to her deteriorating financial state. Marguerite asks Nanine to bring the last pieces of jewelry that go unsold and hand them to the state offıcial. Marguerite thinks that her love for Armand soon to overcome this dire strait they get stuck in. However, the secret visit of Armand's father upon finding out his son's coupling with a Parisienne courtesan is to clutter this idyllic existence. He demands that Marguerite shall stay away from his son and call it quits. In return Marguerite begs him in vain. For what is worth Marguerite fails to overlook his paternal struggle along the way and assures him that she will give up on him. She writes Armand a farewell letter just like she has been instructed by his father and asks Nanine to pack up for leaving the house in deep spleen and agony where she has spent the most beautiful days of her life. Armand returns home, cannot figure out what warrant of restraint is meant for, then reaches to an understanding when he reads the farewell letter. He crumbles.

Count de Varville throws a party for the occasion of Marguerite's return to Paris. Gypsies are invited to read the fortunes of the guests. Marguerite has involuntarily returned to Count de Varville, her sickness has advanced but she cannot care less. She notices Armand's presence, so does Prudence Duvernoy who feels extremely uncomfortable fearing of all hell breaks loose. Armand is upset and madly jealous of Marguerite. Count de Varville and Armand start the game at a table set up by Gaston. Armand wins over and over again when at the end Count de Varville gives up and leaves the table to take his love, Marguerite in his arms. This is the final straw for Armand. In anger, he throws all the money he wins in the face of the woman who dumps him for cash. He leaves the party, Marguerite freezes.

Marguerite is now deathly ill, desperately waiting for her nearing end. She feels crushed bearing pangs of love, doing nothing but remembering her vivid memories with Armand spent in this house which now accommodates only few items, all that remains from the compulsory sales. Nanine informed by the visiting doctor that no cure is left, sits beside and begins to read Marguerite her favorite novel Manon Lescaut.
Now Marguerite's only wish is to see Armand one last time before she passes away.

In this novel Alexandre Dumas Fils drew his great love through the portrait of the rapturous affair between Marguerite and Armand hence made it possible to be commemorated generation after generation.