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Marguerite, the beauty of an Austrian village, loves the poverty-stricken Baron Erich von Statzen, although her mother is opposed to the affair, having been made suspicious by the hunchback Ludwig, who is smitten by Marguerite's charms and insanely jealous of Statzen. Statzen's uncle would have him marry Helena Boursch, the local brewer's daughter, to save his dwindling estate. Ordered to the front when war is declared, Statzen is forced to leave without saying goodby to Marguerite. Although she receives no letters from him (Ludwig intercepts them), Marguerite remains faithful to Statzen during his absence. Finally, when the uncle and the brewer trick her into believing that Statzen no longer loves her, she marries Ludwig. Statzen returns on the wedding night and discerns Ludwig's treachery. The frenzied hunchback stabs himself in a fit of rage and falls out of a window overlooking the Danube.