The Imaginary Cuckold.

The Imaginary Cuckold Gorgibus wants his daughter Celie to marry a rich man Valere instead of Lelie whom she loves Celie lamenting this turn of events while her beloved is away faints Her maid catches her and calls

  • Title: The Imaginary Cuckold.
  • Author: Molière Richard Wilbur
  • ISBN: 9780822213314
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Paperback
  • Gorgibus wants his daughter, Celie, to marry a rich man, Valere, instead of Lelie, whom she loves Celie, lamenting this turn of events while her beloved is away, faints Her maid catches her and calls out for help Sganarelle, who happens to be passing, runs over to hold Celie while her maid runs for aid Sganarelle s wife, however, sees him holding Celie and suspects theGorgibus wants his daughter, Celie, to marry a rich man, Valere, instead of Lelie, whom she loves Celie, lamenting this turn of events while her beloved is away, faints Her maid catches her and calls out for help Sganarelle, who happens to be passing, runs over to hold Celie while her maid runs for aid Sganarelle s wife, however, sees him holding Celie and suspects the worst She finds a portrait of Lelie, dropped by Celie when she fainted, and admires his good looks Sganarelle returns and sees his wife gazing at the portrait, and he too suspects an affair They argue and run off just as Lelie arrives home, after hearing rumors of Celie s wedding plans Sganarelle enters again, holding the portrait, and Lelie is shocked He asks Sganarelle how he came to have the portrait, and Sganarelle replies that he took it from his wife Sganarelle s wife comes back and finds Lelie now ready to faint, so she invites him into their home to rest Sganarelle, of course, then sees Lelie with his wife, and his suspicions are confirmed But Celie also sees Lelie leaving the house, and approaches Sganarelle, who tells her that Lelie has cuckolded him with his wife Celie is stunned and decides that she will then marry the rich man The two, now estranged lovers, then meet and are trading recriminations, when Sganarelle returns in full armor and carrying a sword, ready to kill Lelie, but lacking the courage Sganarelle s wife then enters and upbraids Celie for stealing her husband away None of the offended lovers are specific in their accusations, and confusion reigns until Celie s down to earth maid resolves everything by asking some direct questions and setting everyone straight Things still lookbleak for the young lovers, however, as Gorgibus still insists that Celie marry the rich man, but just then Valere s father arrives to announce that he has discovered that his son married secretly four months ago, freeing Celie and Lelie to marry after all.

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    1. 3.5*Fast moving one act comedy in which 2 couples become entangled in misunderstandings and jealousy - each of the 4 suspecting his (or her) lover of being unfaithful. Fun but a bit predictable.This is the second play in the digital audiobook of "The Moliére Collection" produced by L.A. Theater Works. The cast in this one was very good (but I skipped the discussion with actor Brian Bedford at the end).

    2. ألا يوجد لدي موليير أي موضوع آخر سوى العلاقات العاطفية لكي يتحدث عنه؟!!!! لقد أصبح موضوعا مستهلكا و مبتذلا بدرجة لا يمكن وصفها!!!المسرحية تحاول أن تكون فكاهية لكنها تفشل تماما في رسم ابتسامة واحدة على وجهي بل أنها تصيبيني بملل لانهائي يجعلني أحاول الانتهاء من الكتاب في أسرع وق [...]

    3. Gorgibus is trying to force his daughter Célie to marry the wealthy Valère, but she is in love with Lélie and he with her. Célie faints in the street, and Sganarelle, who is passing by, attempts to revive her. In the process she loses her miniature portrait of Lélie which ends up in the hands of Sganarelle and his wife. This results in a series of assumptions: Sganarelle's wife believes that he and Célie are lovers; Sganarelle believes that Lélie and his wife are lovers; Célie believes t [...]

    4. Mildly humorous comedy of errors. Once again, this reminded me of some of William Shakespeare's comedies, but I found this one to be somewhat funnier. It was very short, but I think the length suited the material. Part of what drives me crazy about Shakespeare's comedies is that they are too lengthy for how obviously ridiculous the situation is in which the characters find themselves. Molière doesn't mess around in this play. He gets his characters properly confused with humorous results, and t [...]

    5. 3.5This was a sweet little play and I like it how it tells us not to judge a situation right away. I thought, though, that overall, the story was too simple and predictable.

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