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Excerpt from Rullman's Theatre Ticket Office: 111 Broadway, New York City, Trinity Building, Rear Arcade The oft-merited charge that librettists maltreat the classics does not hold in the case of this clever adaptation of "L'Amour Medecin"; for without losing any of the rollicking mirth and trenchant satire of Molicre's original, Signor Golisciani has produced a comedy that lends itself admirably to music and modern stage effects. The scene of the first act is the garden of a magnificent villa near Paris. At the rise of the curtain, Arnolfo, the owner of the estate, is being condoled by his friends for the declining health of his only child, Lucinda. But their sympathy is of no avail; he dismisses them with thanks. Then Lucinda enters, dressed in. childish clothes that are absurdly at variance with her real age. She is pale and depressed. Arnolfo makes grotesque efforts to cheer her: he takes her on his lap and sings her a lullaby; he presents her with childish toys and trinkets: nothing can arouse her interest. Then there comes to him the disconcerting idea that she may be in love. He questions her in trepidation. "Yes, Papa!" she answers naively; whereupon he bursts into a senile fury, which is greatly aggravated by the behavior of Lisetta, Lucinda's pert maid, who, arriving suddenly on the scene, declares that "a husband is what she needs," and repeats this assertion with increasing combativencss until Arnolfo, beside himself with rage, beats a retreat. Then the voice of Clitandro, her lover, is heard outside the garden wall, begging her to tell him whether his love is requited or no. Lucinda is so overcome with emotion that she is unable to speak, and he goes away unanswered. She is in despair. Then Lisetta, appealed to for help, bids her go immediately to bed, and speaks mysteriously of a wily scheme lhai will solve all difficulties. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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