Terrorized by Guido, her drunken and brutal father, Marie receives assurance from her dying mother that the Madonna will always protect her. The father reels in just after the mother has expired, too drunk to realize the woman is dead, and finding the whiskey bottle empty, abuses the child. Marie appeals to the image of the Madonna and Guido, in a frenzy of rage, smashes it on the floor. Horrified at the sacrilege, Marie screams, bringing in the neighbors, among them Paul Langrois, a young artist and curio-lover. Paul's sympathy is aroused and he adopts the child. Later, Marie's father, who is ignorant of her whereabouts, sees Paul purchase an expensive silver image of the Madonna. He determines to steal the statue and follows Paul home, planning to return that night and get it. The little statue is put in a prominent place by the worshipful Marie. Paul conceives the idea of painting a picture of the Madonna. He sends for a professional model and she is just donning her costume when ...
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