Characters Discussed

(Great Characters in Literature)


Perdican (pehr-dee-KAH[N]), the son of a French nobleman. He returns to his father’s home after receiving his doctorate. He is a somewhat worldly man and is distressed to find his childhood sweetheart cool to him. He tries to win her. Failing in his suit, he courts a peasant girl, who dies of shock when she learns that Perdican does not really love her.


Camille (kah-MEEL), Perdican’s childhood sweetheart and an heiress. Reared in a convent, she looks for happiness as a nun, rather than as a wife. She is confused when she finds that she loves Perdican, and her indecision drives Perdican to the peasant girl. Camille is greatly distressed when the girl dies, and she blames herself; she inflicts punishment on herself by bidding her suitor goodbye.


Rosette (roh-ZEHT), a sweet and loving peasant girl who is courted by Perdican and who loves him deeply. When she learns that her lover really wants Camille as his wife, she dies of shock.

The baron

The baron, Perdican’s father, who is eager for his son to marry Camille, the heiress.

Dame Pluche

Dame Pluche (plewsh), Camille’s chaperon, an easily scandalized woman who is rigorous in performing her duties.

Maître Blazius

Maître Blazius (mehtr blah-ZYEWS), Perdican’s tutor. He is a fat and foolish priest, and a heavy drinker and eater, who wants to be priest in the baron’s household.

Maître Bridaine

Maître Bridaine (bree-DEHN), Maitre Blazius’ competitor for a place in the baron’s household. He, like his rival, is a foolish gourmand.


(Great Characters in Literature)

Affron, Charles. A Stage for Poets: Studies in the Theater of Hugo and Musset. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1971. Extensive analysis of No Trifling with Love is included in a volume of essays examining the works of two important French dramatists. Discusses the diction of the play and Musset’s handling of the problem of time.

Gochberg, Herbert S. Stage of Dreams: The Dramatic Art of Alfred de Musset (1828-1834). Geneva: Librarie Droz, 1967. Devotes a chapter to analysis of the play considered to be Musset’s “last theatrical forum for his obsession with dream and reality.” Discusses the playwright’s handling of the question of love.

Rees, Margaret A. Alfred de Musset. New York: Twayne, 1971. Concentrates on characterization of heroes and heroines in No Trifling with Love, noting how the playwright contrasts the complex Camille with the admirable but befuddled Perdican to achieve his sober ending.

Sices, David. Theater of Solitude: The Drama of Alfred de Musset. Hanover, N.H.: Published for Dartmouth College by the University Press of New England, 1974. One chapter examines the weaknesses of No Trifling with Love, but concludes it is a successful endeavor. Believes it best demonstrates “the author’s obsession with time and its treachery.”

Tilley, Arthur. Three French Dramatists: Racine, Marivaux, Musset. New York: Russell & Russell, 1967. Discusses the influence of Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux and Shakespeare on this and other of Musset’s plays; also comments on the playwright’s handling of the element of the fantastic.