By Jo Ann Marie Recker
The current research makes use of sleek Molière feedback as a fashion of figuring out Mme de Sévigné. In either Molière and Mme de Sévigné there's proof of esprit or wit, that highbrow facility which perceives contrasts. Moliéresque severe conception could name this notion the "Imposteur" approach. because the starting strains of Molière's Lettre sur l'Imposteur suggest, it's a "discours du ridicule" the place ridicule is outlined because the incongruous and the unreasonable. This thought depends upon an act of clever judgement of what really constitutes the normatively moderate, and hence, it presupposes an identical point of view at the a part of the reader/spectator. Implicit to either irony and mock is the complementarity precious among the giver and the receiver of the message. the appliance of moliéresque severe idea to the Correspondance of Mme de Sévigné can give a contribution to a renewed appreciation of the hugely highbrow caliber of the comedian genius of a "spirituelle marquise," a mom who desperately desired to attract a distanced daughter to regularity in an epistolary trade, a girl of wit and irony.
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Extra info for Appelle-moi Pierrot: Wit and Irony in the Lettres of Madame de Sévigné
The remembrances of events shared with her beloved "Madelonne" are recalled, for example, earlier court balls. Or the writer's imagination projects before her mind's eye a long-suffering queen ensconced among her many admirers and oftentimes vexacious visitors at Grignan and elsewhere in Provence. Le bon Abbé était l'autre jour tout couvert de bouquets, le jour de sa fête. Nous nous souvînmes des jolis vers que vous fîtes l'année passée en pareil jour; qu'ils étaient jolis! Il vous fait ses compliments.
J'admire toujours les jeux et les arrangements de la Providence. Elle veut que ce Rabutin d'Allemagne, par des chemins bizarres et obliques, s'élève et soit heureux, et qu'un comte de Bussy, l'aîné de sa maison, avec beaucoup de valeur, d'esprit et de services, même avec la plus brillante charge de la guerre, soit le plus malheureux homme de la cour de France. Oh bien! Providence, faites donc comme vous l'entendrez. Vous êtes la maîtresse, vous disposez de tout comme il vous plaît, et vous êtes tellement au-dessus de nous qu'il faut encore vous adorer, quoi que vous puissiez faire, et baiser la main qui nous frappe et qui nous punit, car devant elle nous méritons toujours d'être punis.
Guitaut était nu en chemise, avec des chausses. Mme de Guitaut était nu-jambes, et avait perdu une de ses mules de chambre. Mme de Vauvineux était en petite jupe, sans robe de chambre. Tous les valets, tous les voisins, en bonnets de nuit. L'Ambassadeur était en robe de chambre et en perruque, et conserva fort bien la gravité de la Sérénissime. Mais son secrétaire était admirable. Vous parlez de la poitrine d'Hercule! vraiment celle-ci était bien autre chose. On la voyait tout entière; elle est blanche, grasse, potelée, et surtout sans aucune chemise, car le cordon qui la devait attacher avait été perdu à la bataille.
Appelle-moi Pierrot: Wit and Irony in the Lettres of Madame de Sévigné by Jo Ann Marie Recker