The Learned Ladies

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The Learned Ladies

The Learned Ladies 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 marr

  • Title: The Learned Ladies
  • Author: Molière Richard Wilbur
  • ISBN: 9780822206484
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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, Henriette s mother And Philaminte, supported by Henriette s aunt and sister, wishes her to maTwo 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, Henriette s mother 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 prot g and the fixture of their literary salon Summary by Cast list Armande Beth ThomasHenriette Amanda FridayClitandre MaloneBelise Libby GohnAriste Kingof192Chrysale ToddHWMartine Frances BrownPhilaminte Claudia SaltoTrissotin Zachary Brewster GeiszLepine balaVadius Elliot GageJulian russellhughesA Notary Richard FridayNarrator SavannahEdited by Michele Eaton

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    1. David Sarkies on said:

      A Choice in Marriage2 June 2013 I must say that I find these French plays to be a little difficult to follow at times namely because of the way the scenes are set up. It seems that each of the scenes have only specific characters in them and when one of the characters leaves (or a new one arrives) then suddenly the scene ends and a new one begins. They are not like Shakespeare where the scenes are location specific, and the way that Shakespeare constructs his scenes and his plays I find much eas [...]

    2. Alan on said:

      C'est la seule, l'unique pièce que nous avons vue à la Comédie Française à Paris, en 1968, quelques mois après les manifestations qui ont envahi les rues, et le nouveau parlement a été élu. On the banks of the Seine I had bought three volumes of the Hachette Moliere, luckily including the play running at the classic theater. So having read about half the play before we went, I understood a line here and there. Our lunch every day was Croque Messieur and white wine at a bar around the co [...]

    3. Amandine on said:

      1,5 étoiles. Maintenant que j'ai vu cette pièce sur scène, je pense pouvoir dire que je n'aime pas cette pièce de Molière. Les comédiens étaient tous très bons dans leur rôle, surtout Patrick Brüll en Chrysale qui m'a fait sourire à plusieurs reprises. Mon seul reproche concerne la scène de la "grammaire/grand-mère" : les comédiennes prononçaient toujours "grammaire", excepté dans la réplique précédant celle de Martine, ce qui a fait tomber le jeu de mots comme un cheveu dans [...]

    4. Yann on said:

      Il n'est pas bien honnête, et pour beaucoup de causes,Qu'une femme étudie et sache tant de choses.

    5. Regitze on said:

      Another reread before the exam. This play has all of the things I'm supposed to be looking for in regards to the exam, but more than that it is the best of the three. It is funny, it's dramatic (duh) and I can very well see it play out on stage.

    6. Laurence R. on said:

      I definitely like this play after having read it twice in less than a year!

    7. Lara on said:

      J'ai lu cette pièce pour l'école afin de la comparer à La Leçon d'Ionesco. Je n'ai pas encore lue la deuxième, mais si elle se présente comme celle-ci, je doute y prendre plaisir! La pièce toute entière est misogyne et dresse un portrait des femmes peu avantageux. En effet, elles sont apparemment stupides, qu'elles se croient instruites ou non. Elles ne peuvent prendre leurs propres décisions car, quand elles le font tout de même, la décision est erronée ou bien elles changent d'avis [...]

    8. Zaynab Nasri on said:

      j'aurais pu donner 5 étoiles s'il n y avait pas cette horrible fin, toute la beauté de la langue française y apparaît, mais ce mariage trop prévisible, ce mari qui avait raison, et cet homme qui prétendait le savoir mais ne pensait qu'à l'argent, on n'aurait tout de même pu faire mieux, même en me rendant compte du contexte de l'époque, je me demande à quoi sert une telle pièce sinon qu'à amplifier les idées misogynes qui existaient déjà.

    9. Nukalurk on said:

      Il a écrit cette pièce en vers mais il se moque des précieuses qui ne voulaient parler qu'en vers. Cette pièce est une suite de la pièce « Les précieuses ridicules » où il avait déjà commencer à ridiculiser le mouvement de la préciosité.

    10. J. on said:

      I kind of like this one better that School for Wives, even though both are great. This is a great example of what happens when dumb people think they are smart.

    11. Amélie on said:

      J'ai longuement hésité avant de choisir une note et de faire ma review. Ce qui me fascine, c'est ce que cette pièce nous donne de la société de l'époque.Les hommes étaient tellement travaillés de l'intérieur par ces femmes qui osaient afficher leurs intérêts dans l'astronomie, les sciences, la poésie Ça les emmerdait tellement de voir qu'elles pouvaient s'enrichir intellectuellement et culturellement, et qu'elles pouvaient avoir envie de le revendiquer et d'en parler, tout simplemen [...]

    12. SARAH THE CAULIFLOWER on said:

      I read this book as a school project, it was a punishment from the teacher. I thought that I would be bored out of my mind. But I thought wrong. This book is funny, it has irony, sarcasm and a great plot. Don't judge the book by how old it is or how over read it is. To be honest, this is just an old fashioned chick flick. Henriette wants to marry Clitandre, who doesn't meet Philaminte's (the mom) expectations. Philaminte wants her daughter to marry an overrated and obnoxious poet named Trissotin [...]

    13. SophiaL on said:

      I am so disappointeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed. Molière is my favourite author in the whole world. And never has one of his books bored me before. Even Tartuffe which I didn't like a lot was an enjoyable book.However, I just didn't like this one. I found it boring, though the writing, the comedy, the characters and the critic are very well-thought. I just didn't like it. I don't know what has happened with Les Femmes Savantes, but I can only say I didn't like it, which is really surprising since I like all [...]

    14. cat on said:

      This play was quite enjoyable. It contained lots of little jokes that Molière slid in which I found to be quite entertaining. The way he made fun of Trissotin was great, and as someone who doesn't always understand or enjoy satire, I think Molière did an exceptional job. I can understand that this may have been hard to follow, since French plays can be that way, but since I was in a French lit class reading it I was able to follow along easily enough. Overall, not the worst!

    15. John Yelverton on said:

      Oh, this play was SEVERELY dated to the point that it was painful to read in places. Yet, it had a redeeming scene in which the two rivals for the daughter's hand in marriage argue the superiority of philosophy or common sense.

    16. Realini on said:

      Les Femmes Savantes by MolièreIrony and witIt is important to speak correctly, but much more important to think and live in the best possible way.The irony is that Les Femmes Savantes are witty and know a thing or two, but prove ignorant in some domains that are most important.I am thinking now of the situation when a man declares his love for a woman that happens to be the niece of the one he is talking to. But the aunt is so self-absorbed that she takes the statement as a declaration of love [...]

    17. Sandra on said:

      Les Femmes savantes, c’est l’histoire de Henriette, amoureuse de Clitandre (oui, il y a des prénoms qui valent leur pesant de cacahuètes dans cette pièce) mais que la mère souhaite marier à Trissotin, un pédant qui étale sa science malgré son peu de connaissances. Hé oui, comme dit l’adage, la culture, c’est comme la confiture, moins on en a, plus on l’étale, mais malgré cela il fait parfaitement illusion auprès de Philaminte (la mère) ainsi qu’une de ses filles et sa be [...]

    18. Simon Mcleish on said:

      Originally published on my blog here in May 2000.Molière's last but one play is not among his best known and is perhaps unlikely to become so given its subject (the absurdity of women pretending to philosophical knowledge - though it could easily be present as an attack on those in general who pretend to be learned). As the type of knowledge which is associated with intelligence has also changed (from Greek and Latin to science), it may also seem to a modern audience to attack its target rather [...]

    19. Katerina on said:

      3/5 6.5/10I would love to read the original, it would surely be wonderful.Sadly,my French is not that good.Still,the translation of the copy I read was very professional and I believe it transmitted correctly the spirit and the ideas of the original. I think I might call this fast-paced (if this can be said for a play) because it was mostly exciting reading the arguments and ,oh, all of Trissottin’s poetry. My favourite characters are Trissottin, ofcourse, and the aunt who was absolutely certa [...]

    20. Fariba on said:

      Reaction to First Read: Ah Molière! 5 stars for the witticisms, 1 star for the message. Molière, like Voltaire, is a satirist I hate to criticize because he is an excellent writer and satirist. But the blatant misogyny - I just can't excuse it. For Molière, a woman certainly has no use for a room of her own. He considers education in a woman useless. The women in the play are pretty ridiculous, but if satire is a type of social commentary, Molière'sLes Femmes Savantesis definitely a critique [...]

    21. Bev on said:

      This was the first book I read for the Woodland Shakespeare Book Club, to which I was invited this coming week end.  It is a play, translated from the French.  What's interesting is that I found the text on line for free but the problem was that I couldn't put bookmarks in it, so whenever I put it down, I had to search through the book trying to find my place again.  I finally gave up and bought a Kindle book and it was a totally different translation, much more "colloquial" and written entir [...]

    22. Fabrice Conchon on said:

      L'une des deux plus belles pièces de Molière (avec Le misanthrope), drôle et profonde à la fois, servie par une langue et des alexandrins absolument sublimes.Il y a tellement de vers que je peux citer de mémoire ("Un idole d'époux et des marmots d'enfants", "Mariez-vous ma soeur à la philosophie" etc etc ), il y a les plus belles scènes de dialectique i.e. échange d'arguments et de contre-arguments pour tenter de vider un débat avec toujours ces alexandrins envoûtants : du grand, du [...]

    23. Rachel on said:

      Tartuffe reworked with misogyny added. The "charlatan dupes family into following his teachings, but in the end he's a hypocrite who just wanted money" plot was obvious and uninteresting enough in Tartuffe, but when the foolishness that the family swallows is the idea that women should be educated, and Our Lovable Heroine is the innocent girl who just wants to get married and not be forced to get mixed up in horrid men's things like the acquisition of knowledgeI tend to be getting rather irritat [...]

    24. Donna on said:

      I thought the humor in this one was funnier than in Tartuffe or the Misanthropeuntil it turns into female-bashing near the end (although the wife IS an idiot). It's hard to fault the father for insisting on his right to choose a husband for his daughter when his choice is the daughter's true love and his wife's choice is a money-seeking fool. But still, to degrade women's learning would be totally outrageous until you see how the women act. An interesting play.Read in Moliere, "The Misanthrope, [...]

    25. Hamza on said:

      Une belle pièce de Molière, comique comme d'habitude, dans laquelle il traite l'éducation de la femme. La femme est-elle conçue pour le seul but de la reproduction? ou bien elle a tous les droits à être instruite comme l'homme?Il est vrai que ses idées sont bien longtemps "démodées" et que je suis tout à fait pour l'éducation de la femme, mais cela ne doit, en aucun cas, l'empêcher de remplir sa fonction principale dans la vie : Construire une Famille.

    26. Ana Rînceanu on said:

      I think this is the first time I've actually enjoyed reading a dispute about the importance of grammer. This has such a simple plot line, but the witt and the comedy of this sitiation and it's characters stike a cord even with todays readers. After all we are still trying to figure out how to manage the relationship between man and women, between body and mind. After reading this, I look forward to the stage performance, Philaminte's character in particular.

    27. Jack on said:

      I've just finished reading this and it was pretty enjoyable! I didn't think the characterisation was as good as Le Misanthrope (which was amazing) and the plot was a little bit harder to follow, but as usual I love reading in French and Molière has a beautiful style to read. Plus, I saw this play at the theatre earlier in the year so I think that helped me to understand everything more in a couple of scenes :)

    28. Nicole Lopez-Isa on said:

      I'm glad I picked up this play as my first Molière read. It was histerical, and the writing, as well as rhyme scheme, astounded me. I can't wait to see this on stage, as I'm sure it will be even more enjoyable live than on paper.

    29. هاجر بلحاج on said:

      لسخريةِ الأقدار , قرأت معظم الكتاب في صالونٍ لتصفيف الشعر :)هي مسرحيةٌ غنيةٌ لغوياً كعادة موليير وكلاسكياته . موليير ينتقد بطريقةٍ أو بأخرى النساء "المهتماتِ بالمعرفة والشعر والفلسفة" , بطريقةٍ كوميدية , لكن ممتعة في نفس الوقتِ .لولا النهاية , لكنتُ أضفتُ نجمةً أخرى :)

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