By Jo Ann Marie Recker
The current learn makes use of glossy Molière feedback as a manner of knowing 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 idea may name this belief the "Imposteur" process. because the establishing 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 inspiration depends upon an act of clever judgement of what really constitutes the normatively average, and for this reason, it presupposes an identical viewpoint at the a part of the reader/spectator. Implicit to either irony and mock is the complementarity important among the giver and the receiver of the message. the applying 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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Elles ont ce caractère de vérité que je maintiens toujours, qui se fait voir avec autorité, pendant que le mensonge demeure accablé sous les paroles sans pouvoir persuader; plus elles s'efforcent de paraître, plus elles sont enveloppées. Les vôtres sont vraies et le paraissent. Vos paroles ne servent tout au plus qu'à vous expliquer et, dans cette noble simplicité, elles ont une force à quoi l'on ne peut résister. Voilà, ma bonne, comme vos lettres m'ont paru. 71) This ideal of transparency, of perfect union between being and seeming, she was to restate poignantly several years later, this time in conjunction with a funeral service for Turenne, a hero whose nobility she so much admired: Ah, ma fille!
71); "Votre enfant est aimable. Elle a une nourrice parfaite ; elle devient fort bien fontaine: fontaine de lait .. 71). 79). When all else fails she echoes Orgon's complete inability to give an accurate description of Tartuffe: "Nous avons été, l'abbé de Grignan, La Garde et moi, rendre une visite à votre Premier Président. . C'est un homme qui mettra le bon sens et la raison partout; c'est un homme enfin . 73); "Voilà M. de Magalotti qui s'en va en Provence. . 71). Mme de Sévigné observed the masks of persons-in-performance, and she perceived blindness in the wearing of a mask.
Ah! que je comprends bien mieux mes Bretons! 71) Mme de Sévigné shared Molière's sentiments for doctors as a group, though she had many an occasion for consulting one, either about her own health or that of her children and grandchildren. "19 She admits to her seeming inconsistency when she states: Pour Vichy, je ne doute nullement que je m'y retourne cet été. Vesou dit qu'il voudrait que ce fût tout à l'heure, Delorme dit que je m'en garde bien dans cette saison, Bourdelot dit que j ' y mourrais, et que j'ai donc oublié que je ne suis que feu et que mon rhumatisme n'était venu que de chaleur.
Appelle-moi Pierrot: Wit and Irony in the Lettres of Madame de Sévigné by Jo Ann Marie Recker