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

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MASCARILLE. I? I say that our freedom will have trouble to get clear of this. At least mine has suffered most violent attacks--my heart hangs by a single thread.

MADELON. How natural is all he says! He gives things a most agreeable turn.

CATHOS. He must expend a tremendous lot of wit.

MASCARILLE. To show you that I am in earnest, I shall make some extempore verses upon my passion. [Seems to think.]

CATHOS. Oh! I beseech you by all that I hold sacred, let us hear something made upon us.

JODELET. I should be glad to do so too, but the quantity of blood that I have lost lately has exhausted my poetic vein.

MASCARILLE. Deuce take it! I always make the first verse well, but I find the others more difficult. Upon my word, this is too short a time; but I will make you some extempore verses at my leisure, which you shall think the finest in the world.

JODELET. He is devilish witty.

MADELON. And so gallant and expressive.

MASCARILLE. Viscount, tell me, when did you see the Countess last?

JODELET. I have not paid her a visit for three weeks.

MASCARILLE. You know, the Duke came to see me this morning, and wanted to take me out into the country deer hunting with him?

MADELON. Here come our friends.


SCENE XII. LUCILE, CÉLIMÈNE, CATHOS, MADELON, MASCARILLE, JODELET, MAROTTE, ALMANZOR, and FIDDLERS.

MADELON. Well, my dears, we do hope you will pardon us. These gentlemen had a fancy to put life into our heels, and we sent for you to fill up the void of our assembly.

LUCILE. We are certainly much obliged to you.

MASCARILLE. This is a kind of extempore ball, mesdames, but one of these days we shall give you a formal dance. Have the fiddlers come?

ALMANZOR. Yes, monsieur, they are here.

CATHOS. Come then, my dears, take your places.

MASCARILLE [dancing by himself and singing]. La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.

MADELON. What a perfect figure he has.

CATHOS. He looks as if he were a really good dancer.

MASCARILLE [taking out MADELON to dance]. My freedom will dance a Couranto as well as my feet. Play in time, fiddlers, in time. Oh, what ignorant wretches! There is no dancing to them. The devil take you all, can you not play in time? La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la?' Steady, you country-scrapers!

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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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