Monsieur De Pourceaugnac

 

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MONSIEUR DE POURCEAUGNAC.

BY

MOLIÈRE

 

 

TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH PROSE.

WITH A SHORT INTRODUCTION AND EXPLANATORY NOTES.

BY

 

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.

 

 

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

Mr. de Pourceaugnac. Oronte, father to Julia.
Éraste, lover to Julia.
Sbrigani, a Neapolitan adventurer.
First Physician.
Second Physician.
An Apothecary.
A Peasant.
A Female Peasant.
First Swiss.
Second Swiss.
A Police Officer.
Two Inferior Police Officers.
Julia, daughter to Oronte.
Nérine, an intriguing woman, supposed to come from Picardy.
Lucette, supposed to come from Gascony.

The scene is in Paris.


 

 

ACT I.

 

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.

LADY (sings).

Spread, charming night, spread over every brow
The subtle scent of thy narcotic flower,
And let no wakeful hearts keep vigil now
Save those enthralled by love’s resistless power.
More beautiful than day’s most beauteous light,
Thy silent shades were made for love’s delight.

 
FIRST SINGER.

Love is sweet when none our wills oppose;
Then peaceful tastes our gentle hearts dispose;
But tyrants reign, who gave us birth and life.
Ah! love is sweet when love is free from strife.

 
SECOND SINGER.

All who strive ‘gainst love must fall;
Perfect love will conquer all.

 
ALL THREE.

Let us love with an eternal ardour!
Let parents frown, and try in vain to cure,
Absence, hardship, or cruel fortune’s rigour
Will only strengthen love when true and pure.

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.

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