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Camille
Alexandre Dumas (fils)
Project Gutenberg
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The theme of the Lady of the Camellias is a love story between Marguerite Gautier, a "demi-mondaine" ("courtesane" in the original French, i.e., a woman "kept" by various lovers, frequently more than one at a time) suffering from tuberculosis ("phtisie" in the novel), and a young provincial bourgeois, Armand Duval. The narration of the love story is told by Duval himself to the (unnamed) narrator of the book.