The Learned Women - A Comedy
by Moliere (9781511962476)

The Learned Women - A Comedy
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 62
Category: Plays, Playscripts
Publisher: Createspace
ISBN: 9781511962476
ISBN-10: 151196247X

The Learned Women (Les Femmes Savantes) is a comedy by Moliere in five acts. A satire on academic pretention, female education, and preciosite (French for preciousness), it was one of his most popular comedies. It premiered at the Theatre du Palais-Royal on 11 March 1672. Two young people, Henriette and Clitandre, are in love, but in order to marry, they must overcome an obstacle: the attitude of Henriette's family. Her sensible father and uncle are in favour of the marriage; but unfortunately her father is under the thumb of his wife, Philaminte. And Philaminte, supported by Henriette's aunt and sister, wishes her to marry Trissotin, a "scholar" and mediocre poet with lofty aspirations, who has these three women completely in his thrall. For these three ladies are "learned"; their obsession in life is learning and culture of the most pretentious kind, and Trissotin is their special protege and the fixture of their literary salon."

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