The Theatre of Don Juan: A Collection of Plays and Views, 1630-1963 by Oscar Mandel; University of Nebraska Press, 1963
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3 Sisters, Mikado, 12th Night, Hamlet, The Importance of Being Earnest, Dangerous Liaisons, Don Juan
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QuestionsDon Juan and Other Plays (Oxford World's Classics) This selection of seven of Moliere's prose plays includes "Precious Provincials," "The Would-be Gentleman," "Don Juan," "The Reluctant Doctor," "Scapin the Schemer," "The Miser," and "George Dandin."
RAGOTIN: Sir, here's a Lady in a Veil that comes to speak with you.
DON JOHN: Who can it be?
SGANARELLF: We must see.
DONNA ELVIRA: Don't be surpris'd, Don John, to see me at this Hour, and in this Equipage. A pressing Motive obliges me to make this Visit, and what I have to say to you will admit of no delay. I don't now come in the Anger that I shew'd before; I am changed from what I was this Morning. 'Tis no more that Donna Elvira who pray'd against you, and whose irritated Soul utter'd nothing but Threats and breathed Revenge only. Heaven has banish'd from my soul all the unworthy Ardour I had for you, all the tumultuous Transports of a criminal Affection, all the shameful Passions of a gross and earthly Love, and it has left in my Heart a Flame refined from all commerce of the Senses, a Tenderness entirely holy, a Love abstracted from everything, and acting not for itself but for your Interest only.
DON JOHN [to Sganarelle]: You weep, I think?
SGANARELLE: Excuse me.
DONNA ELVIRA: 'Tis that perfect and pure Love which brings me hither for your Good, to impart to you an Advice from Heaven, and try to preserve you from the Precipice you are running into. Yes, Don John, I am acquainted with all the Irregularities of your Life, and that same Heav'n which has touch'd my Heart and made me consider the Errors of my Conduct, inspired me to come to you and to tell you on its behalf that your Offences have exhausted its Mercy; that its terrible Indignation is ready to fall upon you; that it lies in your Power to prevent it by a speedy Repentance, and that perhaps you have not a Day longer to save yourself from the greatest of Misfortunes. For my part, I am not ty'd to you any longer by any worldly Affection. Thank Heav'n, I am recover'd from foolish Thoughts; my Retreat is resolv'd upon, and I only desire Life enough to expiate the Fault I have committed, and merit by an austere Penance a Pardon for the Blindness into which the Transports of a blameable Passion plunged me. But in this Retreat I should be extremely sorry that a Person whom I had cherished so tenderly should become a fatal Example of Heaven's Justice, and 'twould be an incredible Joy to me if I could prevail upon you to ward off the terrible Blow that threatens you. Pray, Don John, grant me as the last Favour this sweet Comfort; don't refuse me your Salvation which I request with Tears, and if you yourself are not concern'd for your own Interest, yet be so for my Desires at least. Don't let me have the cruel Mortification of seeing you condemn'd to eternal Punishments.
SGANARELLE: Poor Woman!
DONNA ELVIRA: I have loved you with an extrearn Tenderness; nothing in the World was so dear to me as you have been. I forgot my Duty for you, I have done everything for you, and all the Recompence I desire is that you'd correct your Life and prevent your Destruction. I beg you to save yourself, either for your own sake or mine. Once more, Don John, I desire it with Tears, and if the Tears of a Person you have loved be not sufficient, I conjure you to do it by all that is most capable of touching you.
SGANARELLE [Aside.]: Tyger!
DONNA ELVIRA: Now I am gone; this is all I had to say to you.
DON JOHN: Madam, 'tis late, stay here; we'll get as good a Lodging for you as we can.
DONNA ELVIRA: No, Don John, don't keep me any longer.
DON JOHN: Madam, I assure you you'd oblige me if you'd stay.
DONNA ELVIRA: No, I tell you, don't let us lose time in superfluous Discourse; let me go quickly, don't wait upon me, and think of nothing but profiting by my Advice.
Character Pages: Don Juan, Sganarelle, Elvira, Gusman...
Actors, crew -- check the master-file in thr office! [ not all have the pages ]
She writes letters and diary!
Venice Carnival 2002 Between God and Flesh: past and future nun!
Islam's Past: South of Spain[ see files on Moors, and -- links ]
Don't lose the serious level of the story! Master Jesture! Keep mask(s) -- and check the Lorca page! Four dances, including the monks and nuns, when they break from the church procession into gypsy dancing and back to religion walk.
3 Sisters, Mikado, 12th Night, The Importance of Being Earnest, Dangerous Liaisons, Don Juan
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