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Le Mariage Forcé (The Forced Marriage)
by Molière

Le Mariage Forcé (The Forced Marriage) is described as a Comédie-ballet, and was due to the request made to Moliere by Louis XIV for an entertainment in the manner of The Bores, in which a genuine comedy should be combined with a ballet, and wherein the Court itself might figure upon the stage. Even Louis did not disdain to show himself amongst his courtiers on special occasions of this kind, submitting himself to the direction of the dancing-masters, who held no contemptible position at the Court of the Grand Monarque. Moliere had recently received from the royal grace a pension of a thousand livres, and he thus had more than one inducement to do his best for the young King's pleasure. It was on the 29th of January, 1664, in the drawing-room of the Queen-mother, at the Louvre, that The Forced Marriage was first produced.

Title Details

Translator:Henri van Laun
Number of words:14,669
Print Length:42 pages

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