MERCADET A COMEDY IN 3 ACTS
HONORE DE BALZAC
Presented for the 1st Time in Paris on the Theatre du Gymnase Dramatique August 24, 1851
PERSONS OF THE PLAY
Mercadet, a speculator Madame Mercadet, his spouse Julie, their daughter Minard, clerk of Mercadet Verdelin, good friend of Mercadet Goulard, creditor of Mercadet Pierquin, creditor of Mercadet Violette, creditor of Mercadet Mericourt, acquaintance of Mercadet De l. a. Brive, suitor to Julie Justin, valet Therese, lady's maid Virginie, prepare dinner numerous different collectors of Mercadet
SCENE: Paris, in the home of Mercadet
TIME: approximately 1845
(A drawing room. A door within the centre. part doorways. on the entrance, to the left, a mantel piece with a reflect. To the proper, a window, and subsequent it a writing desk. Armchairs.)
Justin, Virginie and Therese
Justin (finishing dusting the room) certain, my dears, he unearths it very difficult to swim; he's guaranteed to drown, negative M. Mercadet.
Virginie (her basket on her arm) truthfully, do you think that that?
Justin he's ruined! And even though there's a lot fats to be stewed from a grasp whereas he's financially embarrassed, you need to now not omit that he owes us a year's wages, and we had greater get ourselves discharged.
Therese a few masters are so frightfully obdurate! I spoke to the mistress disrespectfully or thrice, and he or she pretended to not pay attention me.
Virginie Ah! i've been at provider in lots of heart category homes; yet i haven't obvious one like this! i will depart my range, and turn into an actress in a few theatre.
Justin we all listed here are not anything yet actors in a theatre.
Virginie definite, certainly, occasionally one has to place on an air of astonishment, as though simply fallen from the moon, whilst a creditor appears to be like: "Didn't you recognize it, sir?" "No." "M. Mercadet has long past to Lyons." "Ah! he's away?" "Yes, his clients are so much marvelous; he has came upon a few coal mines." "Ah! quite a bit the higher! whilst does he return?" "I don't know." occasionally I wear an expression as though I had misplaced the dearest good friend I had within the world.
Justin (aside) that might be her money.
Virginie (pretending to cry) "Monsieur and mademoiselle are within the maximum misery. apparently we will lose negative Madame Mercadet. they've got taken her away to the waters! Ah!"
Therese after which, there are a few collectors who're real brutes! They converse to you as though you have been the masters!
Virginie there is an finish of it. I ask them for his or her invoice and inform them i will settle. yet now, the tradesmen refuse to offer something with out the cash! and you'll be sure i'm really not going to lend any of mine.
Justin allow us to call for our wages.
Virginie and Therese definite, allow us to call for our wages.
Virginie who're heart type humans? heart type individuals are those that spend greatly on their kitchen
Justin who're dedicated to their servants
Virginie And who depart them a pension. that's how heart category humans should behave to their servants.
Therese the woman of Picardy speaks good. yet the entire related, I pity mademoiselle and younger Minard, her suitor.
Justin M. Mercadet will not supply his daughter to a depressing bookkeeper who earns not more than eighteen hundred francs a 12 months; he has larger perspectives for her than that.