L'Étourdi ou les Contretemps

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L'Étourdi ou les Contretemps
Les Contretemps.jpg
Frontispiece from a 1682 edition
Written by Molière
Date premiered 1655[a]
Place premiered Lyon
Original language French
Genre Comedy
Setting Messina, Sicily

L’Étourdi ou les Contretemps (The Blunderer, or the Counterplots), also known in English as The Bungler,[b] is a five-act theatrical comedy by the French playwright Molière. After premiering in Lyon in 1655,[2][a] it appeared at the Théâtre du Petit-Bourbon in Paris in November 1658.[3]

Plot[edit]

Lélie, a young nobleman, falls in love with Célie, a gypsy girl held captive by Trufaldin. Lélie's servant Mascarille plots repeatedly to bring Lélie and Célie together, but Lélie defeats every scheme with his inept bungling.

History[edit]

Molière was inspired by an Italian play, L'Inavvertito by Niccolò Barbieri, which had been published in 1629.[2][4] The main character of that play, a servant called Scapino, was the inspiration for the character Mascarille, and many elements of the plot are similar.[2] Molière played the role of Mascarille when his company performed the play.[5]

Adaptations[edit]

Sir Martin Mar-all, a 1667 play by the English writer John Dryden, was based on a translation of L'Étourdi.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The year of the first performance is uncertain and is sometimes said to be 1653.[1]
  2. ^ The name is often shortened to just L’Étourdi in French or The Blunderer in English.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scott 2002, pp. 79-80
  2. ^ a b c Wadsworth 1987, p. 27
  3. ^ Gaines 2002, p. xiii
  4. ^ Gaines 2002, p. 174
  5. ^ Wadsworth 1987, p. 32
  6. ^ Gaines 2002, p. 189

Works cited[edit]

  • Gaines, James F., ed. (2002). The Molière Encyclopedia. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-31255-9. 
  • Scott, Virginia (2002). Molière: A Theatrical Life. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-78281-3. 
  • Wadsworth, Philip A. (1987) [1977]. Moliere and the Italian Theatrical Tradition. Birmingham, Alabama: Summa Publications. ISBN 0-917786-04-1. 

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