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George Dandin est un riche paysan qui a fait, comme on dit, un "beau mariage".

Mais son aristocratique épouse, Angélique, ne cesse de lui rappeler ses origines et de se jouer de lui.

Saura-t-il avoir raison des ruses de sa femme ?

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Turn quod in tragoedia fugienda vita, in comoedia capessenda exprimitur. Postremo quod omnis comoedia de fictis est argumentis; tragoedia saepe de histori[c]a fide petitur" (I follow Cupaiuolo in reading historica for historid). Cf. 2 (ed. Wessner, p. " Note that the term personae, which originally meant "masks," had come to be used not only for characters on the stage, but also for persons in real life (not to mention the persons of the Trinity). Ibid. 5 (ed. Wessner, pp. " Donatus on Andria, ibid.

56 In the simplest terms, protagonists can be guilty of crimes or be the victims of crimes, and can be deserving or undeserving of suffering. Most summary statements manage to stress one or other of these dichotomies rather than giving a balanced view. When Placidus names casus durissimi regum and scelera inaudita, it could easily give the impression that the kings have fallen so resoundingly because they themselves have committed unheard-of crimes. When, on the other hand, Diomedes lists /uctus, exsi/ia, and caedes, and characterizes tragedy as a comprehensio miseriarum, the protagonists naturally seem the innocent victims of malignancy rather than the perpetrators; and the same is true of Donatus's magni timores^funesti exitus, and fugienda vita.

We have already looked at several generalizations as to the content of tragedy, but they require a closer examination. "56 In the simplest terms, protagonists can be guilty of crimes or be the victims of crimes, and can be deserving or undeserving of suffering. Most summary statements manage to stress one or other of these dichotomies rather than giving a balanced view. When Placidus names casus durissimi regum and scelera inaudita, it could easily give the impression that the kings have fallen so resoundingly because they themselves have committed unheard-of crimes.

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