Molière:The Affected Misses, Don Juan, Tartuffe, The Misanthrope,The Doctor by Compulsion, The Miser, The Tradesman Turned Gentleman, The Learned Ladies; a New Translation, the Verse Plays Being Rendered for the First Time Into English Verse, Volume 1

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G.P. Putnam's sons, 1908
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Page xxxii - The life-blood of rhythmical translation is this commandment, — that a good poem shall not be turned into a bad one. The only true motive for putting poetry into a fresh language must be to endow a fresh nation, as far as possible, with one more possession of beauty.
Page 255 - Tartuffe They told me that you wished to see me here. Elmire Yes. I have secrets for your ear alone. But shut the door first, and look everywhere For fear of spies.
Page 230 - To lay my soul quite open to your eyes, And swear to you, the trouble that I made About those visits which your charms attract, Does not result from any hatred toward you, But rather from a passionate devotion, And purest motives . . . ELMIRE That is how I take it, I think 'tis my salvation that concerns you.
Page 204 - A handsome dowry ! (ORGON turns and stands in front of her, with arms folded, eyeing her.) Were I in her place, any man should rue it Who married me by force, that's mighty certain ; I'd let him know, and that within a week, A woman's vengeance isn't far to seek.
Page 234 - But men like me are so discreet in love, That you may trust their lasting secrecy. The care we take to guard our own good name May fully guarantee the one we love; So you may find, with hearts like ours sincere, Love without scandal, pleasure without fear. ELMIRE I've heard you through — your speech is clear, at least.
Page 175 - You ought to set a good example for 'em ; Their dear departed mother did much better. You are extravagant; and it offends me, To see you always decked out like a princess. A woman who would please her husband's eyes Alone, wants no such wealth of fineries.
Page 185 - And couldn't touch a single thing for supper, Her headache still was so severe. ORGON. And how About Tartuffe? DORINE. He supped alone, before her, And unctuously ate up two partridges, As well as half a leg o
Page 257 - I've made bold to speak — pray tell me, Should I have tried to keep Damis from speaking, Should I have heard the offer of your heart So quietly, and suffered all your pleading, And taken it just as I did — remember — If such a declaration had not pleased me? And, when I tried my utmost to persuade you Not to accept the marriage that was talked of. What should my earnestness have hinted to you If not the interest that you've inspired, And my chagrin, should such a match compel me To share a...
Page 220 - t were better I should free her from it. DORINE [leaving MARIANE, and running after VALERE]. Same thing again! Deuce take you both, I say. Now stop your fooling; come here, you; and you. [She pulls first one, then the other, toward the middle of the stage.] VALEHE [to DORINE]. What's your idea? MARIANE [to DORINE]. What can you mean to do? DORINE. Set you to rights, and pull you out o
Page 263 - I'll have you know, And show you plainly it's no use to turn To these low tricks, to pick a quarrel with me, And that you can't insult me at your pleasure...

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