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The Imaginary Invalid

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The Imaginary Invalid is a three-act comédie-ballet by the French playwright Molière. It was first performed in 1673 and was the last work he wrote. The plot centers around Argan, the 'imaginary invalid' who is completely dependent on his doctors and wants to marry his daughter to a doctor against her will, so that he will always have medical care freely available to him. In an ironic twist of fate, Molière collapsed during his fourth performance as Argan on 17 February and died soon after.

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THE IMAGINARY INVALID.

(LE MALADE IMAGINAIRE.)

by

MOLIÈRE,

Translated into English Prose.

With Short Introductions and Explanatory Notes.

by

CHARLES HERON WALL.

This is the last comedy written by Molière. He was very ill, nearly dying, at the time he wrote it. It was first acted at the Palais Royal Theatre, on February 10, 1673.

Molière acted the part of Argan.

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

ARGAN, an imaginary invalid .

BÉLINE, second wife to ARGAN.

ANGÉLIQUE, daughter to ARGAN, in love with CLÉANTE.

LOUISON, ARGAN'S young daughter, sister to ANGÉLIQUE.

BÉRALDE, brother to ARGAN.

CLÉANTE, lover to ANGÉLIQUE.

MR. DIAFOIRUS, a physician .

THOMAS DIAFOIRUS, his son, in love with ANGÉLIQUE.

MR. PURGON, physician to ARGAN.

MR. FLEURANT, an apothecary .

MR. DE BONNEFOI, a notary .

TOINETTE, maid servant to ARGAN.

ACT I.

SCENE I. ARGAN ( sitting at a table, adding up his apothecary's bill with counters ).

ARG. Three and two make five, and five make ten, and ten make twenty. "Item, on the 24th, a small, insinuative clyster, preparative and gentle, to soften, moisten, and refresh the bowels of Mr... Continue reading book >>


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