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

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CATHOS. Perfectly.

MASCARILLE. The ribbon is well chosen.

MADELON. Fabulously. It is real Perdrigeon.

MASCARILLE. What do you say to my knee ruffles?

MADELON. They certainly are smart.

MASCARILLE. I may at least boast that they are a quarter of a yard wider than any that have been made.

MADELON. I must admit I never saw elegance of dress carried further.

MASCARILLE. Fasten the reflection of your olfactories upon these gloves.

MADELON. They smell terribly good.

CATHOS. I never inhaled a more exquisite perfume.

MASCARILLE. And this? [He gives them his powdered wig to smell.

MADELON. It has the most aristocratic odor. It titillates the higher senses most deliciously.

MASCARILLE. You say nothing of my plumes. How do you like them?

CATHOS. Frightfully beautiful.

MASCARILLE. Do you know that every single one of them cost me a Louis-d'or? But it is my hobby to have everything of the very best.

MADELON. I assure you that you and I are sympathetic. I am furiously particular about everything I wear. I cannot even endure stockings unless they are bought at a fashionable shop.

MASCARILLE [crying out suddenly]. Oh! oh! oh! gently. Damme, mesdames, you treat me very badly--I have reason to complain of your behavior--it is not fair.

CATHOS. What is it? What is the matter?

MASCARILLE. What! two at once against my heart! To attack me thus right and left. Ha! This is contrary to the law of nations, the combat is too unequal, and I must cry out, "Murder!"

CATHOS. Well, he does say things in a peculiar way.

MADELON. He is a consummate wit.

CATHOS. You are more afraid than hurt, and your heart cries out before it is even wounded.

MASCARILLE. The devil it does! it is wounded all over from head to foot.


SCENE X. CATHOS, MADELON, MASCARILLE, MAROTTE.

MAROTTE [entering]. Madam, somebody asks to see you.

MADELON. Who!

MAROTTE. The Viscount de Jodelet.

MASCARILLE. The Viscount de Jodelet?

MAROTTE. Yes, sir.

CATHOS. Do you know him?

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Foreword iii
  • Contents v
  • Part One - The Preface 1
  • I - Preliminary 3
  • II - The Playscript 25
  • Scene I 44
  • Scene II 52
  • III - The Stageplay 64
  • IV - The Play 93
  • V - The Drama 124
  • H.M.S. Pinafore or the Lass That Loved a Sailor 145
  • Part Two - The Plays 181
  • I - Antigone 185
  • Scene I 192
  • Scene II 197
  • Scene IV 202
  • Scene V 206
  • II - Othello 221
  • Act One 224
  • Scene III - The Council Chamber. 229
  • Act Two 232
  • Scene II - A Street. 242
  • Act Three 251
  • Scene II - A Room in the Citadel. 261
  • Scene IV - Before the Citadel. 263
  • Act Four 276
  • Scene II - A Room in the Citadel. 282
  • Scene III - State Bedroom in the Citadel. 290
  • Act Five 297
  • III - The Ridiculous PrÆCieuses 320
  • Scene I - La Grange, Du Croisy 323
  • Scene IV - Madelon, Cathos, Gorgibus. 324
  • Scene V - Cathos, Madelon. 325
  • Scene VII - Mascarille, Two Chairmen. 327
  • Scene VIII - Marotte, Mascarillie. 328
  • Scene X - Cathos, Madelon, Mascarille, Marotte. 330
  • Scene XI - Cathos, Madelon, Jodelet, Mascarille, Marotte, Almanzor. 334
  • Scene XII - Lucile, CÉLimÈne, Cathos, Madelon, Mascarille, Jodelet, Marotte, Almanzor, and Fiddlers. 335
  • Scene XIII - Du Croisy, la Grange, Cathos, Madelon, Lucile, CÉLimÈne, Jodelet, Mascarille, Marotte, and Fiddlers. 337
  • Scene XVI - Madelon, Cathos, Jodelet, Mascarille, and Fiddlers. 338
  • Scene. XVIII - Gorgibus, Madelon, Cathos, and Fiddlers. 339
  • IV - Hedda Gabler 344
  • Act Two 347
  • Act Three 370
  • Act Four 390
  • V - Candida 420
  • Act I 423
  • Act II 445
  • VI: Life with Father - A Period Comedy by Lindsay and Crouse 482
  • Act One 485
  • Scene II 503
  • Scene II 517
  • Act Three 548
  • VII - The Glass Menagerie 569
  • Scene 1 572
  • Scene 2 578
  • Scene 3 583
  • Scene 5 587
  • Scene 6 594
  • Scene 7 601
  • VIII - The Crucible 636
  • Act One - (An Overture) 639
  • Act Two 663
  • Act Four 683
  • Appendix 731
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