From the Montaigne to Moliere Or, the Preparation for the Classical Age of French Literature

From the Montaigne to Moliere Or, the Preparation for the Classical Age of French Literature

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...her hatred for Herod, or at any rate to adopt a more prudent attitude towards him. A page then enters and summons Mariamne to Herod's presence. In the second scene Salome persuades Herod's cup-bearer openly to accuse Mariamne. The cup-bearer's hesitation and the crafty skill with which Salome finally overcomes his scruples are portrayed with considerable dramatic power. The third act consists only of a single scene, the most dramatic in the whole play. First Salome Le Theatre d'Alexandre Hardy, ed. E. Stengel, 5 vols., Marburg, 1883-84. f In vol. ii. of Stengel's edition. and Pherore inflame Herod against Mariamne; then the cup-bearer demands a private interview with Herod, who returns to the stage in a frenzy of rage, having heard and believed the cup-bearer's story. Mariamne now enters, and Herod accuses her openly, while she in her turn reproaches him with having ordered her death in the event of his own when he was summoned to appear before Mark Antony. His rage now turns against Soesme (Soemus), to whom he had given the order, and from whom Mariamne had heard of it. His jealousy suggests that he is Mariamne's lover, and he accordingly sends for him and his confidential eunuch. Both, however, declare Mariamne's innocence. The fourth act opens with Mariamne in prison, where the Provost comes to summon her to the King's presence. In the second scene the cup-bearer accuses Mariamne to her face before Herod, and this is followed by an effective dialogue between Mariamne and Herod, in which she defies him and bids him do his worst. In the single scene which forms the fifth act a messenger relates Mariamne's death, and Herod, who before had been mad with jealousy, now becomes mad with grief. The dramatic superiority of this unliterary...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236983386
  • 9781236983381