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Marie Marnay, an innkeeper's daughter, refuses to marry Bazin, a secret agent in the service of the king, but when Bazin sends music master Rouget de l'Isle to give her singing lessons, she falls in love and pledges her troth to Rouget. Marie's father refuses to join the revolt against the king and is killed trying to save her from the advances of a soldier; as a result, she joins the revolutionists, giving up her claim to Rouget, who is in the service of the king, and becomes notorious as "The Torch." Using Rouget as bait, Bazin effects a reconciliation, then orders Marie arrested as well as her consort. Charmed by his voice, Marie Antoinette has Rouget released to sing his song "La Marseillaise" for the king; he then renounces the king and escapes Paris; and in Marseilles he organizes an army, marches on Paris, and is reunited with Marie at the outbreak of the Revolution.