1919 – March Footnotes

[1] The English-Speaking Union (ESU) is an international educational charity which was founded by the journalist Sir Evelyn Wrench in 1918 that aims to bring together and empower people of different languages and cultures, by building skills and confidence in communication, such that individuals realise their potential.

[2] Le Médecin malgré lui (“The doctor/physician in spite of himself”) is a farce by Molière first presented in 1666 (published as a manuscript in early 1667) at le théâtre du Palais-Royal by la Troupe du Roi. The play is one of several plays by Molière to center on Sganarelle, a character that Molière himself portrayed, and is a comedic satire of 17th century French medicine. The music composed by Marc-Antoine Charpentier is lost.

[3] Les Précieuses ridicules (The Absurd Précieuses or The Affected Ladies) is a one-act satire by Molière in prose. It takes aim at the précieuses, the ultra-witty ladies who indulged in lively conversations, word games and, in a word, préciosité (preciousness).

MASCARILLE : What do you think of my little goose? Do you find it goes with my outfit?
CATHOS : Absolutely.
(from Les Précieuses ridicules)
Drawing by Moreau le Jeune.
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