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Le Muet, comedie
Brueys, Abbe David-Augustin de. (1640-1723); Palaprat, Jean (1650-1721). Le Muet, comedie. Paris: T. Guilain, 1693. First peformed June 22, 1691 Theatre de la rue des Fosses Saint-Germain, Paris. Original edition. Cioranescu 17, 51746. 12mo. Old wrappers. Leaf of title, verso blank; 1p priv 30 January 1693, acheve 4 May 1693; 1p acteurs; 160pp. text. Collation: []2, A-N6, 02. Five act comedy of intrigue in prose. Set in Naples. A Baron has two sons, Timante and the chevalier. Timante wishes to marry a young widow who is a countess, while his father wants him to marry the daughter of the marquis. The countess has a beautiful young ward, Zaide, of unknown origin, who was brought to the countess by a sea captain. The intrigue of the play involves an attempt by the second son, the chevalier, to successfully disguise himself as a mute valet in order to be near Zaide, with whom he is in love. Unfortunately, the sea captain will not let Zaide marry a mute, and the Baron will not let the Chevalier marry Zaide. A happy ending for all involved follows the unraveling of the girl's true parentage. Le Muet is based on Eunuchus of Terence. This version is considered to be superior to the adaptation of La Fontaine because it is cleverly modernized. The play was very popular until the death of J.-B. Raisin, in 1693, who acted the character of Frontin, the valet who dominates the intrigue. It was republished and revived in 1716 and acted "with fair frequency" until 1832 (Lancaster). Jean Palaprat, dramatist born in Toulouse, is best known for this play, also for L'Avocat Pathelin (1706) and other comedies; Abbe David-Augustin de Brueys, dramatist from Aix-en-Provence, was converted to Catholicsm by Boussuet. Aside from his comedies, he wrote a Christian tragedy, Gabinie, a set in the time of Diocletian. He is best remembered for his collaboration with Palaprat. References: Solennine 3343 (later edition). It was also published by Hondt, in La Haye 1694. OCLC: Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Latrobe.
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