Preface to Drama: An Introduction to Dramatic Literature and Theater Art

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CATHOS. Undoubtedly, my dear.

MADELON. We had better receive him here in this parlor than in our room. Let us at least arrange our hair a little and so maintain our reputation. Come, quickly, and hold for us the Counsellor of the Graces.

MAROTTE. Upon my word, I do not know what sort of a beast that is. You must speak like a Christian if you want me to get your meaning.

CATHOS. Bring us the looking-glass, blockhead! and take care not to soil its surface by the reflection of your image.

[They go upstairs.]


SCENE VII. MASCARILLE, TWO CHAIRMEN.

MASCARILLE [entering in a sedan chair carried by two porters]. Stop, chairman, stop. Easy does it! Easy, easy! I think these idiots intend to break me to pieces by jolting me against the walls and the pavement.

FIRST CHAIRMAN. Gad, because the gate is narrow and you would make us bring you in here.

MASCARILLE. To be sure! You rascals, would you have me expose the fulness of my plumes to the inclemency of the rainy season, and let the mud receive the impression of my shoes? Begone, take away your chair.

SECOND CHAIRMAN. Then please to pay us, monsieur.

MASCARILLE. What?

SECOND CHAIRMAN. I say, monsieur, give us our money, if you please.

MASCARILLE [giving him a box on the ear]. What, scoundrel, to ask money from a person of my rank!

SECOND CHAIRMAN. Is this the way poor people are to be paid? Will your rank get us a dinner?

MASCARILLE. Ha, ha! I shall teach you to keep your place. These fellows dare to make sport of me!

FIRST CHAIRMAN [taking up one of the poles of his chair]. Come, pay us at once.

MASCARILLE. What?

FIRST CHAIRMAN. I say I'll have my money right now.

MASCARILLE. That is sensible.

FIRST CHAIRMAN. Quick, then.

MASCARILLE. Ay, you speak properly, but the other is a rascal who does not know what he says. There, are you satisfied?

FIRST CHAIRMAN. No, I am not satisfied. You boxed my friend's ears, and . . . [holding up his pole].

MASCARILLE. Gently. There is something for the box on the ear. People may get anything from me if they go about it in the right way. Go now, but come and fetch me by and by to carry me to the Louvre to the petit coucher.

[The CHAIRMEN exeunt.]

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