The Illegitimate Son and The Father of the Family- Translated with an Introduction by Kiki Gounaridou and John Hellweg
Denis Diderot’s The Father of the Family (translated by John Hellweg) 55
the Father of the Family (1758) A Play by Denis Diderot in Five Acts and in Prose Translated by John Hellweg interior_gounaridou 55 2/1/11 10:52 AM interior_gounaridou 56 2/1/11 10:52 AM the Father of the Family DR A M AT I S PE R SONA E M. D’ORBESSON, the FATHER of the family THE COMMANDER D’AUVILLÉ, his brother-in-law CECILE, daughter of the Father of the family SAINT-ALBIN, son of the Father of the family GERMEUIL, son of the deceased M., a friend of the Father of the family SOPHIE, a young unknown M. LE BON, steward of the house Mlle CLAIRET, chambermaid to Cecile LA BRIE, a servant to the Father of the family PHILIPPE, a servant seeking employment DESCHAMPS, servant to Germeuil Other Servants of the house MADAME HEBERT, guardian to Sophie MADAME PAPILLON, a wardrobe dealer A SHOP GIRL, assistant to Madame Papillon M.***, a destitute landowner A PEASANT An OFFICER Guards The play takes place in Paris, in the home of the FATHER of the family. interior_gounaridou 57 2/1/11 10:52 AM 58 Two Plays by Denis Diderot: The Illegitimate Son and The Father of the Family ACT ONE The setting represents a drawing room, decorated with tapestries, ornamental mirrors, paintings, clocks, etc. The night has almost passed; it is between five and six o’clock in the morning. Scene I THE FATHER, THE COMMANDER, CECILE, GERMEUIL (At the front of the room we see the FATHER of the family, slowly pacing back...
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