Throughout France and China, few people know the name “Al Fang Xenon Plessey”， however, quite a lot of people have read La traviata and have got to know something about the marvelous love story. Al Fang Xenon Plessey was the original character of the heroin in the famous French Literature work La Traviata. The moving, tear-jerking love story was adapted and recreated from Al Fang Xenon Plessey’s experience.
La Traviata was written by Dumas. In fact, the story told in the novel was almost exactly the love story between Dumas and his lover.
Dumas, whose father was also a famous writer, did not live a very good childhood. Instead, because of his special identity as an illegitimate child, he was often made fun of by his fellows. Alexander Dumas, his father, was so ungrateful that he abandoned Dumas and his weaver mother immediately after he got some reputation and put himself into a new, luxury world. Eventually he thought of little Dumas and his poor mother. At that time, he had developed a very intimate relationship with an actress and had just had a newly-born daughter. Alexander Dumas adopted little Dumas through legal way, leaving the weaver alone. What a miserable life she had been living!
Pure and plain as Dumas was, he gradually changed with the surroundings. It was not his fault! Living in a materialistic surrounding, especially under the example of his father, who had lived an extravagant and luxury life, Dumas simply couldn’t avoid been involved in the polluted society and gradually adapted to the shift from a freshman to a bad guy like his father. He, also, began to seek for extravagance, sex and reputation. “What the father look like, what the son will be” is often referred when people talked about this father and son.
However, we know that Dumas had lived with mother for 7 years, during which time he had been receiving formal and integrity education. Hence, even though Dumas was living a dissolute life, he was still with conscience. We shall never forget that Dumas began writing at a very young age, even when he was still a teenager, he had release quite a few novels and poems. But all his early works were not paid attention. It was La Traviata that gave Dumas an important place in French literature. Or more precisely, we should say it was the fascinating encountering of Dumas and Al Fang Xenon Plessey that made Dumas world famous.
The love story in the novel went almost exactly as the real story. The only evident differences are the names. In the novel, the hero was named Arman and the heroin was named Margaret while Dumas and Al Fang Xenon Plessey outside the story.
Margaret was a popular Paris prostitute. One day when Alma was attending an opera, Margaret was so attractive and shining that Alma noticed her immediately out of so many ordinary women and fell in love with her at the first sight. After the show, with help of a neighbor of Margaret, Alma was introduced to Margaret. They had a meal together that night. Margaret seemed to be very delighted, she laughed, spoke loudly. However, she coughed very badly. Silently she left her seat and walked into her bedroom when others were right in the mood. Alma followed her. She was having hemoptysis, which scared Alma terribly. He sincerely tried to persuade her to take good care of herself. Such advice and persuasion may seem common but it stroke Margaret. Never in her life had she been greeted and cared about as sincerely. After all, the two became closely connected and before long Margaret agreed to date with Alma.
We can hardly tell whether Alma loved Margaret out of love or out of sympathy. Because throughout their contact, Alma did persuade Margaret to take good care and preserve her well. What’s more, he even accompanied her to the countryside to recuperate, as has never been done others.
Intimate time as they had, at last they had to break up. Alma’s father was a reserved, loyal man who would never allow a prostitute to enter his family. Secretly he made an agreement with Margaret which forced Margaret to leave Alma, claiming that it was the way to show her love and loyalty to Alma.
That Margaret died in despair was something within expectation though very saddening. She had been ill for a long time but she never really tried to do herself good. Addicted in the luxury world, she was not capable of drugging herself out of it.
Crazy went Alma when he got to know the bad news. It was really a long time for him to come back to himself. Even, he didn’t believe that Margaret had died until he opened the coffin and saw the scaring face of his once lover.
Outside the story, Dumas also was very desperate about Plessey’s death. However, he did not reveal his emotions. Neither had he written down something as a tribute nor had he frequently been to the Montmartre Cemetery to show his yearnings. But that he was deeply shocked was without doubt. Everything had gone too fast for him!
When Dumas finished his travel to North Africa and came back to Paris, the view of the empty room was so striking that Dumas thought he should do something to memorize Margaret. In only one month Dumas created the famous novel, which turned out to be really a hit to the whole world. Coincidence or not, Dumas was also buried in the Montmartre Cemetery. The two intimate lovers could only continue their story underground.