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Three French comedies revolving around marriage, misidentification, medicine--and money!

DOCTOR SCRATCH, by Noël le Breton, is a clever and hilarious farce, in which love becomes hopelessly entangled in the attempts by the characters to improve their declining financial situations.

THE SERVANT PROBLEM, by Alain-René Lesage, the well-known novelist, two criminals manage to insert themselves as valets to several young men looking to marry the daughters of wealthy families--and decide to abscond with the dowry themselves!

In THE FORFEITURE, by Charles Dufresny, a handsome young man is constricted in his marriage prospects by the fact that his two maiden-lady aunts control the family fortune, which can only be forfeited to him if they marry. Another valet takes charge by seducing both women in different guises.

Three very funny--and very modern--takes on the art and science of romancing!

Note: This digital edition includes the PDF, ePub and Mobi (Kindle) versions of the book.

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File Last Updated:
March 10, 2014
This title was added to our catalog on March 13, 2014.