Robin Hood, Frenched

  • Richard Utz
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


In playwright Eric Durnez’s 2002 play, Brousailles, one of the characters, the adolescent Albert Jardin, remembers the evening during which his parents announced their decision to get a divorce:

My father and mother had their share of disagreements just about like any other couple. Maybe even fewer than average. Nevertheless, one evening they became very serious and told me that they needed to talk with me and asked that I switch off the television, just about when Thierry la Fronde was about to start. At school, we acted out Thierry la Fronde. [My friend] Tom Patinaud played Thierry la Fronde, and I was often a spy prisoner whom Thierry had liberated. It was really the first time my parents made such a fuss about having a conversation. Normally, they just talked, that’s all, and they never told me in advance that they needed to talk … I asked if we might have the talk after Thierry la Fronde, but my father straight out tore out the television cable, saying that there were more important things in life than Thierry la Fronde.1


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