The Grumbler: An Adaptation

The Grumbler: An Adaptation

The Grumbler: An Adaptation

The Grumbler: An Adaptation

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The history of The Grumbler is succinctly given by Sir James Prior in his edition of Goldsmith Miscellaneous Works (1837), where, in a note preceding his original printing of one scene from the play, he says: "Gratitude to Quick, for his able personation of Tony Lumpkin in 'She Stoops to Conquer' induced Goldsmith to consent to alter Sir Charles Sedley's translation of Brueys' Comedy of 'Le Grondeur' into a farce for his benefit."

The original, Le Grondeur, written in 1691, was the product of the famous collaboration of David Augustin Brueys and Jean Palaprat. The play was originally in five acts, but this version has disappeared, and when performed at the Théâtre Français it was cut down to three. In the form put upon the stage the plot is as follows:

M. Grichard, physician, a grondeur, tyrannically keeps his son and daughter in suspense in regard to his plans for their marriages. His son, Terignan wishes to marry Clarice, but to balk his father's obstinate temper pretends to be in love with Nerina, daughter of a rival physician; Grichard's daughter, Hortensia, is in love with Mondore, but does not dare show it lest her father's anger be aroused . . .

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