This opening scene is a very good example of two things: the playwright's problem of providing his audience with necessary information, and Rostand's craftsmanship in dealing with the problem. While the novelist can give descriptions, explanations, and background material in many ways, the playwright has only the dialogue and setting — and sometimes the latter must be explained in the dialogue if it is especially significant.Notice the many types of people — those who come to play cards, to picnic, to flirt, to steal, and even a few honest souls who really want to see the play — whom Rostand introduces in this brief scene. But he is not only describing a cross section of seventeenth-century French society; he also manages a comment on that society by having the two cavaliers enter the theater without buying tickets. Overall, he gives the very distinct impression to the audience that this is an exciting period in
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Rostand, seventeenthcentury French society, beginning. Rostand