Summary (Masterplots, Fourth Edition)
Maître Blazius, with his three chins and round stomach, is proudly awaiting the arrival of Perdican, whom he tutored. Perdican recently received a doctorate at Paris, and Maître Blazius feels that the credit is due to his tutoring. Gulping a huge bowl of wine presented by the chorus of listening peasants, he announces that Camille, niece of the Baron, is also expected home from the convent. The Baron is anxious to see his son Perdican married to Camille; he knows they have been in love since childhood.
Dame Pluche, Camille’s chaperon, arrives out of breath. After drinking some vinegar and water, she announces that Camille is on her way. She tells of Camille’s education in the best convent in France and of the inheritance she is to get that day from her mother’s estate. She does not mention the projected marriage.
The Baron brings Maître Bridaine to the house. Since he expects the marriage to take place that day, he wants the priest to perform the ceremony. To impress Camille, he arranges with Maître Bridaine to speak some Latin to Perdican at dinner; no matter if neither one understands it. Maître Bridaine is agreeable to the plan, but he is hostile at once to Maître Blazius, for he smells wine on his breath.
When Perdican and Camille meet, something seems amiss. Perdican wants to embrace his pretty cousin, but Camille speaks formally to her childhood sweetheart and refuses a kiss. She is chiefly interested in looking...
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