Description:01 20 35 00 France, 1910s. Bourgeois parlor. A mother brings in her child; his father is furious, reprimanding his sun for disobediance and running away. The mother goes out, leaving her son alone with his father. Face to face with his son, he lectures him. The son peads with him, but the father decides on a punishment. He reads him a letter which he is going to send to the Minister of the Navy, enlisting him in the armed forces. Recruitment by force as a disciplinary measure. Close-up: letter for a ship boys' school in Toulon. The son collapses in tears in front of his father's desk.