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'L'me de Pierre' ("Pierre's soul" or "The Soul of Stone") is a French novel by Georges Ohnet, first published in 1890.
It was adapted for the screen twice: in 1918 and in 1929.
At a dinner party hosted by Prince Patrizzi, Doctor Davidoff shares the idea that a person may save the life of a loved one who is deathly ill, by giving them their soul, at the price of their own life. This makes a great impression on Pierre Laurier, a painter, and Jacques de Vignes, who is seriously ill himself.
The same evening, Pierre disappears after having been dismissed by his mistress, the beautiful Clmence Villa, leaving behind a suicide note in which he expresses the wish to give up his soul to restore Jacques' health...
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