The young Manon is attracted by the love of the student Des Grieux but cannot resist the temptations of wealth, and leaves him to become a courtesan to Monsier G.M. In an unsuccessful attempt to win back the money Manon demands for her return, Des Grieux antagonizes Monsieur G.M. who exacts his revenge by having Manon deported to New Orleans as a prostitute, where further humiliation awaits her at the hands of the lecherous Gaoler. Saved by Des Grieux, in delirium she relives the folly of her life before dying in the arms of her ever-devoted lover.

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