Posted by scadmin On February - 3 - 2010

L’Avare – (The Miser)

de Molière

French with English subtitles (a brief summary of each scene will be given in English)

Résumé de la pièce :

L'Avare

Valère, l’intendant, aime Elise, Cléante, est amoureux de Mariane. Mais les amours des enfants sont contrariés par le père, Harpagon : d’abord parce qu’il ne vit que pour son argent, et ensuite parce que, veuf, il a décidé d’épouser Mariane. C’est Frosine qui sert d’entremetteuse. Harpagon convoque tous ses gens pour organiser les festivités. Pendant ce temps, La Flèche, le valet de Cléante, a réussi à dérober une cassette à Harpagon. Maàître Jacques en profite pour se venger de Valère en le désignant comme coupable. Survient alors Anselme, et on s’aperçoit que, d’une part, Valère et Mariane, sont frère et sœur, et que, d’autre part, leur père, qu’ils croyaient mort, n’est autre que cet Anselme. Le mariage d’Elise et de Valère est sur le point de se faire lorsque paràît Cléante qui promet de retrouver la cassette si son père lui laisse Mariane. Harpagon consent à tout du moment qu’il a son argent et qu’Anselme paie les noces.

Valère, the steward, loves Elise, Cléante, is in love with Mariane. But the loves of the children are upset by the father, Scrooge; first, because he lives only for his money, and secondly because he decides to marry Mariane. It is Frosine who serves as matchmaker. Scrooge summoned all his people to organize the festivities. Meanwhile, La Flèche, the servant of Cléante, manages to steal a moneybox from Scrooge. Maàître Jacques took the opportunity for revenge on Valère, declaring him guilty. Then came Anselme, and we see that, first, Valère and Mariane, are brother and sister, and, secondly, their father, who they believed was dead, is non-other than Anselme. The marriage of Valère and Elise is about to take place when Cléante promises to find the moneybox if his father leaves Mariane. Scrooge agrees to everything because he has his money and Anselme pays for the wedding.


L’Avare is a 1668 five-act satirical comedy by French playwright Molière. Its title is usually translated as The Miser when the play is performed in English.

The play was first performed in 1668 at the Palais Royal in a period when Molière’s company was, on the one hand, under considerable establishment pressure to modify its output, but on the other hand, under the protection of Louis XIV himself. Little is known about the original performance, although it is said that Molière himself played Harpagon, utilising his by this point chronic cough and gait to humorous effect.

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