Pierre Louis Duchartre (essay date 1929)
SOURCE: Duchartre, Pierre Louis. “Women of the Commedia dell'Arte.” In The Italian Comedy: The Improvisation, Scenarios, Lives, Attributes, Portraits, and Masks of the Illustrious Characters of the Commedia dell'Arte. 1929. Reprint. Translated by Randolph T. Weaver, pp. 262-84. New York: Dover Publications, 1966.
[In the following essay, Duchartre outlines the major female roles of the commedia dell'arte: the Cantarina, or songstress; the Inamorata; and the Soubrette, or serving-girl.]
Their very names are redolent of dreams, the gracious names of these Inamoratas, some of whom were tender, some false, some modest servant-maids, and some wantons....
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