Fourchambault was adapted from a 19th-century stage play by Emile Augier. Abandoned by her sweetheart, the heroine, Mme Bernard, raises her son by herself. The boy grows up to become a powerful ship-builder, totally unaware of the identity of her father. Eventually, Mme. Bernard reveals that her son is the offspring of the wealthy M. Fourchambault. Thus does the son discover that his own half-brother is his rival for the affections of a pretty young girl. And thus does the plot thicken when Fourchambault sets his own cap for the selfsame girl. Despite its soap-opera storyline, Fourchambault was written, and performed, as a comedy.
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