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MONSIEUR DE POURCEAUGNAC.
TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH PROSE.
WITH A SHORT INTRODUCTION AND EXPLANATORY NOTES.
CHARLES HERON WALL
‘Monsieur de Pourceaugnac’, acted on October 6, 1669, is nothing but a farce. But Molière excels in farce as well as in higher comedy, and ‘Monsieur de Pourceaugnac’ is one of the best of its kind. The attacks upon the doctors of the time are not exaggerated. Molière acted the part of Mr. de Pourceaugnac.
Mr. de Pourceaugnac. Oronte, father to Julia.
The scene is in Paris.
SCENE I.——ÉRASTE, A LADY SINGER, TWO MEN SINGERS, several others performing on instruments, DANCERS.
Era. (to the Musicians and Dancers). Carry out the orders I have given you for the serenade. As for myself, I will withdraw, for I do not wish to be seen here.
SCENE II.——A LADY SINGER, TWO MEN SINGERS, several others performing on instruments, DANCERS.
Spread, charming night, spread over every brow
Love is sweet when none our wills oppose;
All who strive ‘gainst love must fall;
Let us love with an eternal ardour!
First entry of the Ballet.
(Dance of the two Dancing Masters.)
Second entry of the Ballet.
(Dance of the two Pages.)
Third entry of the Ballet.
(Four Spectators, who quarrelled during the dance, now dance,
sword in hand, fighting all the while.)
Fourth entry of the Ballet.