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It may seem that nothing much happens during the first three scenes

It may seem that nothing much happens during the first three scenes

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It may seem that nothing much happens during the first three scenes. People wander in and out, we  are given snatches of conversations, and in Scenes 2 and 3 Christian and Ligni è re come and go, as  does Ragueneau. Actually, these characters are giving us information that we will need later in order  to understand the play. As in Scene 1, there is a variety of characters introduced. The marquis who comments that Christian  is handsome enough, but not really in the latest fashion, is an excellent example of the  pr é cieuse  attitude (an attitude, prevalent in seventeenth-century France, that what a person appeared to be  was more important than what he really was). Our knowledge of the marquis — he is vain, and  affected in language, manners, and dress — will help us to understand that of Roxane, since she is  also one of the  pr é cieuse.
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