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L'Avare   By: (1622-1673)

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L'Avare is a thought-provoking and humorous play that explores the theme of greed and the consequences it can have on individuals and their relationships. The character of Harpagon, a wealthy miser who values money above all else, is both comical and tragic as he goes to extreme lengths to hoard his wealth.

The play is written in a witty and satirical style, with clever dialogue and engaging characters that draw the reader in. The themes of greed, love, and family dynamics are all explored in a way that is both entertaining and thought-provoking.

Overall, L'Avare is a classic piece of French literature that continues to resonate with audiences today. It serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of greed and the importance of valuing relationships over material possessions. I would highly recommend this play to anyone interested in classic literature or exploring the complexities of human nature.

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Title: L'Avare

Language: French

Encoding: ISO 8859 1


Jean Baptiste Poquelin (1620 1673), alias Molière, "Oeuvres de Molière, avec des notes de tous les commentateurs", Tome Second, Paris, Librarie de Firmin Didot et Cie, Imprimeurs de l'Institut, rue Jacob, 56, 1890.

Pages 148 229.

[Spelling of the 1890 edition. Footnotes have been retained because they provide the meanings of old French words or expressions. Footnote are indicated by numbers in brackets, and are grouped at the end of the Etext. Text encoding is iso 8859 1.]


Comédie (1667)


Harpagon, père de Cléante et d'Élise, et amoureux de Mariane. Molière. Cléante, fils d'Harpagon, amant de Mariane. La Grange. Élise, fille d'Harpagon, amante de Valère. Mlle Molière. Valère, fils d'Anselme et amant d'Élise. Du Croisy. Mariane, amante de Cléante et aimée d'Harpagon. Mlle De Brie. Anselme, père de Valère et de Mariane. Frosine, femme d'intrigue. Magd. Béjart. Maître Simon, courtier. Maître Jacques, cuisinier et cocher d'Harpagon. Hubert. La Flèche, valet de Cléante. Béjart cadet. Dame Claude, servante d'Harpagon... Continue reading book >>

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