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

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MASCARILLE. He is my best friend.

MADELON. Show him in at once.

MASCARILLE. We have not seen each other for some time; I am delighted at this chance.

CATHOS. Here he comes.


SCENE XI. CATHOS, MADELON, JODELET, MASCARILLE, MAROTTE, ALMANZOR.

MASCARILLE. Ah, Viscount!

JODELET [as they embrace each other]. Ah, Marquis!

MASCARILLE. How glad I am to see you!

JODELET. How happy I am to see you here.

MASCARILLE. Embrace me once more, I pray you.

MADELON [to CATHOS]. My dearest, we begin to be known. People of fashion find the way to our house.

MASCARILLE. Mesdames, allow me to introduce this nobleman to you. Upon my word, he deserves the honor of your acquaintance.

JODELET. It is only right we should come and pay you our respects. Your charms demand their lordly rights from people of all ranks.

MADELON. You carry your civilities to the utmost limits of flattery.

CATHOS. This day ought to be marked in our diary as a red-letter day.

MADELON [to ALMANZOR]. Come, boy, must you always be told things over and over again? Do you not observe there must be an additional chair?

MASCARILLE. You must not be astonished to see the Viscount thus. He has but just recovered from an illness, which, as you perceive, has made him so pale.

JODELET. The consequence of continual attendance at Court and the fatigues of war.

MASCARILLE. Do you know, mesdames, that in the Viscount you behold one of the heroes of our age. He is one of the bravest of the brave.

JODELET. Marquis, you are in no way inferior to me. We know what you can do.

MASCARILLE. It is true we have seen one another in action.

JODELET. And in places where it was hot.

MASCARILLE [looking at CATHOSand MADELON]. Ay, but not so hot as here. Ha, ha, ha!

JODELET. We became acquainted in the army, and the first time we saw each other he commanded a regiment of horse aboard the galleys of Malta.

MASCARILLE. True, but for all that you were in the service before me. I was but a young lieutenant when you commanded two thousand horse.

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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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