Beatrice, the beautiful daughter of the rich Marquis Besler, is loved by Vigot, a humble gardener. She proudly repulses his attentions and later even advises her father to discharge the insolent fellow from the estate. Filled with indignation, Vigot departs tor Paris vowing vengeance against these aristocrats who despise him. Is he, a Democrat, not their equal? During the reign of terror Vigot becomes a close follower of Robespierre and the two are known as the Tiger and the Hyena. The prosecution of the aristocrats is Vigot's opportunity. Informed of the Marquis' whereabouts he orders his arrest and condemnation. On the way to the guillotine in the fatal cart, the Marquis is recognized by Beatrice, his daughter. Her screams attract the notice of the crowd, who demand that she, an aristocrat, die also, and she is thrown into prison. After pleading in vain in her behalf, Vigot finally determines to rescue Beatrice at any cost. By bribery he achieves his purpose, but Beatrice, although ...
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