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The Affected Young Ladies by Molière, also known as The Affected Ladies, is a one-act play about two young women who put on airs and are subsequently tricked because of this. The play opens with La Grange and Du Croisy, who have come as prospective suitors to the young women, discussing how to put the women in their place. The young ladies, cousins Magdelon and Cathos, are visiting Paris and have ideas about the type of women they are, and the kind of men they are looking for. They decide that La Grange and Du Croisy are not what they are seeking, and the men decide to get their revenge. They get their valets, The Marquis de Mascarille (played by Molière in the original production) and The Viscount Jodelet, to pretend to be the type of men the women want, and the two valet are happy to oblige. They put on a show of nonsense, making fools of the women before they are discovered by Gorgibus, Magedon’s father and Cathos’ uncle.

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Magdelon

Magdelon (mahg-duh-LOH[N]) and

Cathos

Cathos (kah-TOH), two romantic young ladies from the country, visiting in Paris. They are very affected, in the manner current in their day, and are full of coquetry and artificiality. Being so artificial themselves, they are completely taken in by two gentlemen’s valets who pass themselves off to the girls as a marquis and a viscount. The girls’ language is at times so affected as to be practically incomprehensible.

La Grange

La Grange (lah grah[n]zh) and

Du Croisy

Du Croisy (dew krwah-ZEE ), two young men who pay court to the romantic young ladies. They are so disgusted with the affectations of the girls that they connive to have their valets disguise themselves as gallants and call on the ladies. After a time, they expose the valets and strip off their finery, telling...

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