By Jo Ann Marie Recker
The current research makes use of smooth Molière feedback as a fashion of realizing 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 thought could name this conception the "Imposteur" process. because the beginning traces 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 concept will depend on an act of clever judgement of what really constitutes the normatively average, and for that reason, it presupposes an analogous point of view at the a part of the reader/spectator. Implicit to either irony and mock is the complementarity precious among the giver and the receiver of the message. the appliance 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 lady of wit and irony.
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At Court gross incongruities between being and seeming were everywhere apparent to those willing to see truly. Here the art of paraître was most consciously studied, but here, too, pride and arrogance became monomania, and appearance petrified into mask. Since beauty was prized, there were those who tried to convince themselves that they were or could be more beautiful than they really were : M. de Saint-Hérem a été adoré à Fontainebleau, tant il a bien fait les honneurs, mais sa femme s'était mise à la fantaisie de se parer et d'être de tout.
80). As short as this prose portrait is, so was he, to judge by a Carnavalet portrait of him. Almost gnomelike in stature, this little man had a big wit which was reflected in his chansons and correspondence. Several years later while he was visiting at Grignan, Mme de Sévigné was to write to her daughter: Coulanges a fort bien fait aussi son personnage [of an entertainer]; il n'est point encore baissé. Je crains pour lui ce changement, car le gaieté fait une grande partie de son mérite. . Vous m'avez nommée plusieurs fois; vous avez bu ma santé.
71). Alluded to in this description of the Bretons, the Provençaux came in for their share of sardonic portraiture: M. d'Harouys m'écrit ceci: "Mandez à Mme de Carignan que je l'adore; elle est à ses petits Etats, mais ce ne sont pas gens comme nous, qui donnons des cent mille écus. Mais au moins qu'ils lui donnent autant qu'à M. " Il aura beau souhaiter, et moi aussi: vos esprits sont secs, et leur cœur s'en ressent; le soleil boit toute leur humidité, qui fait la bonté et la tendresse. 75). And again: Je vous plains bien d'avoir des femmes; vous savez comme je les hais.
Appelle-moi Pierrot: Wit and Irony in the Lettres of Madame de Sévigné by Jo Ann Marie Recker