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Mood Indigo - not the full magic of Vian?

Mon, 13 Oct 2014

It was September 17th. A nondescript Wednesday in South Kensington. I had been to the reading group a few months beforehand about Boris Vian's tale of love and nemesis, 'L'Ecume des Jours', which describes romance in the only way possible- a dream- like condition; and there is the sad degeneration, as reality- poverty, death- pours itself grimly over the sweet rose of passion.

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Le tartuffe

Molière, Jean-Baptiste

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ISBN: 40000532

Date: 1664

Un faux dévot, Tartuffe, qui passe aux yeux du bourgeois Orgon et de sa mère Madame Pernelle pour un saint homme, s’est «impatronisé» dans sa famille. Malgré l’hostilité des siens, Orgon entend le marier à sa fille Mariane, mais le faux dévot est surpris par Damis, le fils de la famille, aux pieds d’Elmire, la seconde femme d’Orgon. Faisant preuve d’une habileté diabolique, le faux dévot retourne cependant la situation en sa faveur, fait chasser Damis, et accepte la donation de tous les biens d’Orgon, ainsi que la garde de papiers compromettants. Devant l’aveuglement obstiné d’Orgon, Elmire tend un piège à l’hypocrite et oblige son mari à se cacher sous la table. Tartuffe est enfin démasqué, mais il est maître de tous les biens d’Orgon; seule l’intervention d’un exempt, envoyé par le souverain, permet d’arrêter Tartuffe et sauve la famille d’un désastre.

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