The locale of the story is in France and the characters of the nobility as well as those of the half world who live by their wits. Camille is a woman who belongs to the latter class and her associates are of the Bohemian sort, actors, painters and literary folk, and her male friends are an old Duke, who showers money on her, and a Count who is her escort to places of amusement. Camille is beautiful, accomplished, and at the period of the opening of the story, is satiated with pleasure and her better nature asserts itself. She longs for something genuine, a love that is good and pure. Armand du Val is the son of a nobleman and theirs is an old and honored family. He sees Camille and falls in love with her, worshiping her at a distance. He calls at her house in company of a friend and the visit is most opportune. Camille has returned from the opera with the Count and he bores her with his coarse and unwelcome attentions. Armand is introduced and his frank, manly avowal of love comes ...
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