The greatest comic dramatist since Aristophanes—assuming that Shakespeare is ineligible to compete—sprang into fame with a genial satire upon the metaphysical exquisites of the blue salon of the Marquise de Rambouillet. Molière, when he came to Paris in 1658, impudently challenged the established arbiters of literary taste with a comedy as devastating in its effect upon the fashionable wits and poets of the day as the little child’s remark upon the Emperor’s new clothes in Andersen’s fairy tale. Les Précieuses Ridicules, by a young dramatist who had recently arrived from the provinces, destroyed in a gale of laughter a literary and social sect which no one until that moment had ventured to find ridiculous.


Comic Character Roman Coin Literary Taste Social Artifice Family Diversion 
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