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Amphitryon ; L'Aululaire ; Le soldat fanfaron by Plautus

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Amphitryon half guerroyer contre les Téléboens. Son épouse, l. a. vertueuse Alcmène, attend son retour avec impatience. Mais Jupiter, séduit par ses charmes, los angeles dupe en prenant les characteristics de l'absent. De son côté, Mercure, le messager de Jupiter, s'amuse à faire douter de sa propre life Sosie, dont il a également pris l'apparence. L'avare Euclion n'a qu'une obsession: mettre en lieu sûr l'"aululaire", une marmite remplie d'or. Que les prétendants se le tiennent pour dit: il ne dépensera pas un sou pour marier sa fille ! Pyrgopolinices, soldat fanfaron, a enlevé l. a. jeune fiancée de Pleusiclés. Les deux amants pourront-ils un jour se retrouver ? Par likelihood, un esclave rusé veille sur eux et rivalisera d'invention pour ridiculiser le ravisseur... Ces comédies virevoltantes, Plaute les a écrites pour un public populaire avide de dépaysement et de rebondissements. Près de deux mille ans plus tard, Molière s'inspirera de ces quiproquos improbables.

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98). The body (the donkey) is there in Cyrano, but it is oddly stifled, reticent. 舡 act three, scene vii; p. 92), while Christian is the lusty beast. Both of them in the end get what they want: Christian gets to kiss Roxane, and Cyrano gets to pluck lots of rhetorical flowers while keeping his precious plume unblemished. In this reading of the play, Roxane appeals to Cyrano precisely because she is a prȳcieuse. Cyrano and Roxane share a disdain for banality, be it in language or in deed. Wit and courage舒panache, in a word舒are Cyrano舗s weapons against everything that is ordinary, dull, pedestrian, stupid (for example, Valvert in act one, scene iv); both his sword and his word are sharp, dazzling, and unexpected, as we see in the duel-ballad scene.

Panache is Rostand舗s word, or at least a word he made his own; before him, no one had used it in quite the same sense. In its simplest and literal sense, panache refers to the feathered plume of a helmet or other type of military headgear. This is the meaning of the word as it appears in act four, scene iv, where Cyrano speaks of Henri IV, who urged his soldiers during the battle of Ivry to 舠rally around my white plume; you will always find it on the path of honor and glory舡 (cited in the Bair translation of Cyrano; see 舠For Further Reading舡).

Dice. ] Let us have a game. SECOND LACKEY [sitting down likewise] You rascal, willingly! FIRST LACKEY [taking from his pocket a bit of candle which he lights and sticks on the floor] I prigged an eyeful of my master舗s light! ONE OF THE WATCH [to a flower-girl, who comes forward] It is pleasant getting here before the lights. [Puts his arm around her waist. ] ONE OF THE FENCERS [taking a thrust] Hit! ONE OF THE GAMBLERS Clubs! THE WATCHMAN [pursuing the girl] A kiss! THE FLOWER-GIRL [repulsing him] We shall be seen!

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