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Mistress of the Inn (La locandiera)

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"Mistress of the Inn" by Carlo Goldoni is a delightful and humorous play that follows the witty and charismatic protagonist, Mirandolina, as she navigates the challenges of running an inn and managing the affections of her various suitors. Goldoni's clever dialogue and engaging characters bring this 18th-century comedy to life, offering a light-hearted and entertaining read for fans of classic literature. Mirandolina's cunning and independent spirit make her a compelling and memorable heroine, and the plot twists and turns keep readers engaged from beginning to end. Overall, "Mistress of the Inn" is a charming and enjoyable play that showcases Goldoni's talent for crafting comedic and relatable stories.

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Mirandolina runs an inn in Florence alone with only the help of her loyal employee Fabricius, and all of her guests are in love with her. The wealthy but only newly aristocratic Count D’Albafiorita and the impoverished but noble Marquis di Forlipopoli vie for her affections while debating the respective value of wealth and nobility (and insulting each other a good deal along the way). The misogynistic Cavalier di Ripafratta scoffs at their shared infatuation and ridicules the idea of love, but will he too fall victim to the beautiful innkeeper’s charms? And can any of them win the heart of the independent Mirandolina?

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