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e Bourgeois Gentilhomme (1670)

Tout ce qui n'est point prose, est vers; et tout ce qui n'est point
vers, est prose.
All that is not prose is verse; and all that is not verse is
-- Act II, sc. iv.

Par ma foi, il y a plus de quarante ans que je dis de la prose, sans
que j'en susse rien.
Good heavens! For more than forty years I have been speaking
prose without knowing it.
-- Act II, sc. iv.

Ah, la belle chose que de savoir quelque chose.
Ah, it's a lovely thing to know a thing or two.
-- Act II, sc. iv.

Jurons, ma belle,
Une ardeur éternelle.
My fair one, let us swear
An eternal friendship.
-- Act IV, sc. i.

Je le soutiendrai devant tout le monde.
I will maintain it before the whole world.
-- Act IV, sc. iii.

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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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