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During a brilliant party in the house of Violetta
Valéry, the beautiful friend of Baron Duphol, the
young Alfredo Germont at last makes her acquaintance
and is able to express his love for her. Violetta
gives him a camelia and promises to see him again,
for she feels, for the first time, that she is truly
The two lovers have established themselves
in a little country mansion outside Paris, happy
and without a tought. Alfredo discovers that Violetta
has sold some of her jewels to pay the expenses,
and goes to Paris to find out some money himself.
Meanwhile, his father Giorgio Germont arrives unexpected
and pleads with Violetta to break off her affair
with his son, for it is a dishonour for the family
and impedes his daughter’s marriage. Violetta resignes
herself to the sacrifice and leaves the cottage.
Alfredo is convinced that she has left him to begin
once again her old life and decides to revenge himself.
Back in Paris at a Flora’s party, Alfredo meets
Violetta in the company of Baron Duphol, from whom
he wins a large sum of money. Concerned at the possible
consequences of a quarrel between the two men, Violetta
pleads with Alfredo to leave the room and (lying
to him with great difficulty) refuses to follow
him on the grounds that she has committed herself
to Duphol. Blind with jealousy, the young man throws
the money he had won at Violetta’s feet.
Since her health is undermined by consumption,
Violetta lies in her bed. An unexpected comfort arrives
in the form of a letter from Giorgio Germont, who
tells that he has revealed their secret to his son.
A little later Alfredo is once again in her arms to
beg her pardon, and they dream happily about the future
togheter. But it is late: Violetta has only the strenght
to give a gift to Alfredo and say a few last words