By Jean Racine
Most desirable chef-d uvre de Racine, qui lui valut, à vingt-sept ans, d être comparé au grand Corneille, Andromaque fut à sa création un véritable triomphe. En réinventant l histoire de los angeles veuve d Hector captive de Pyrrhus, roi d Épire, il inaugurait une nouvelle forme de tragédie, où l amour devenait resource de tous les périls et de tous les égarements. Dans cette pièce aux puissants effets pathétiques, marquée par le désordre extrême des sentiments, les personnages, emportés par leurs passions, se livrent aux pires excès sans jamais cesser d être d authentiques héros.
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Shut him up inside the coach that waits for you below. Then draw the curtains fast, so no one may see in. Bring the body to the palace. Place him then upon the royal couch within the private chamber of the King. The GUARDS carry SEGISMUNDO away; CLOTALDO speaks to the KING. Your majesty, he rests there still, until he wakens from his deathly sleep. 39 BASILIO: From that time on he must be treated as my own true son. CLOTALDO: So has he always been, my lord. BASILIO: No more of that. CLOTALDO: Forgive me, sire, I only meant that— BASILIO: Sir, enough.
BOCAZAS: Mistress, man! CLOTALDO: Rosaura, then. BOCAZAS: She's not Rosaura any more. 42 CLOTALDO: Not Rosaura? BOCAZAS: No. She's someone else. CLOTALDO: Who is she, then? BOCAZAS: A minor planet in Estrella's galaxy. A servant to her second greatest enemy. How's that? I hope you're satisfied. Ha. Ha. I say. CLOTALDO: This will help explain her presence here in court. And— BOCAZAS: I'm not finished yet. She trusts you, sir—I don't know why— She's waiting patiently for you to tell her where, and how, and when she might expect your venerable self to step forth boldly and to bravely vindicate her honor — Kill the bastard wretch, I mean.
1st LORD: You must excuse him, gracious lord, 3rd LORD: (to SEGISMUNDO) Your grace, you need to show him more respect. SEGISMUNDO: Ah, do I? First he dares to vomit up a gush of empty flattery, and then— 2nd LORD: You need to bow to protocol, my lord,— SEGISMUNDO: I bow to nothing. No, to nothing. Never more. 2nd LORD: But I only thought— SEGISMUNDO: Who asked you what you think? Enter ESTRELLA. ESTRELLA: Your Royal Highness, I offer up to you a host of happy welcomes to the throne. May you, in spite of past misfortunes, Reign here long, and prosper well.