(Great Characters in Literature)

Characters Discussed


Dandin (dah[n]-DA[N]), a judge, presented in scenes designed to ridicule lawyers. Because of his eccentric behavior, he is regarded by his family as mad and in need of being watched day and night. Insisting on going to court, he tries every means of escape until, finally, his son Leandre suggests that he preside at the trial of Citron, a dog accused of eating a chicken. When Leandre’s marriage contract is produced, the judge acquits Citron as a welcoming present to the bride, Isabelle.


Leandre (lay-AHNDR), Dandin’s son. While attempting to keep a watchful eye on his eccentric father, he is engaged in an attempt to communicate with Isabelle. Disguised as a police commissioner, he tricks her into declaring her love for him and tricks her father, Chicanneau, into signing a marriage contract between the lovers.


L’Intime (l’an-TEEM), a secretary persuaded by Leandre to disguise himself as a process server and deliver a note to Isabelle. He gets a thrashing from her father, Chicanneau, for his pains.


Chicanneau (shee-kah-NOH), a litigant and the father of Isabelle. Under the impression that he is signing a police report, he puts his signature to a marriage contract between his daughter and Leandre.


Isabelle (ee-zah-BEHL), Chicanneau’s daughter, who marries Leandre.

Petit Jean

Petit Jean (peh-TEE zhahn), a porter set to keep watch over Judge Dandin.

La Comtesse

La Comtesse, a litigant.


Citron (see-TROH[N]), a dog tried by Judge Dandin, with Petit Jean and L’Intime acting as lawyers.

Le Souffleur

Le Souffleur (sewf-LEWR), the prompter.