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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ... from an entry in the registers of St. Eustache, being "Thomas Quinault, maitre boulanger, et Perrine Riquier, sa femme, demeurants Rue de Grenelle." More fortunate than many of the bourgeoisie at that period, he received a good education, a circumstance which proves that Quinault pere was not under the necessity of sending him out to service. Before entering his teens he attracted the notice of Tristan, who, alive to his precocious intelligence and engaging manners, treated him with almost paternal tenderness. Naturally enough, he soon came to sympathize with the poet in his tastes and pursuits, and in the result Les Rivales was written. By means of the money he received for this work, with some added by Tristan, he was placed with an Avocat au Conseil. Nor was it simply by the success of this comedy that he justified the interest which Tristan took in the development of his youthful promise. Handsome, vivacious, sociable, and modest, Quinault was esteemed by all with whom he came into contact, or at least with all those who were not induced by jealousy of his-natural and acquired advantages to disparage him No less successful than Les Rivales was a comedy by the author of the disastrously unsuccessful A'rijvfiifle of a few months before. Le Pedant Jbue, as it was called, had two noteworthy features. It was written in P1'-Se, and a peasant in the piece, contrary't0 all precedent, was made to speak in the jargon of his native province. The dialogue is often bright and amusing, but what rendered the piece particularly acceptable was the fact that the pedagogue-hero closely resembled a person well known in Paris--nan1ely, M. Granger, Principal of the College de Beauvais, Cirano's. Alma Mater. For the best scene...show more

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  • English
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