The title character in this Pathe melodrama is a wealthy, lecherous Russian merchant. After watching a dance performed by a peasant girl, Guchard invites her to his home -- but not before indicating pantomimically what he has in store for her, for the benefit of the audience. Summoning up his outrage, the girl's tosspot father confronts Guchard, but is quickly bought off by the crafty merchant. Eventually the girl awakens to her disgrace, whereupon Guchard contemptuously tosses her out into the snow, pausing only to perpetrate a final humiliation by cutting off her hair. Fortunately, the girl is able to find some small comfort in the arms of her forgiving mother.
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