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    Introduction and Dramatis Personae

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    Chapter 1
    Acted on May 24, 1671, at the Palais Royal, 'Les Fourberies de Scapin' had great success. It is nothing, however, but a farce, taken partly from classical, partly from Italian or from French sources.

    Molière acted the part of Scapin.

    PERSONS REPRESENTED.

    ARGANTE, father to OCTAVE and ZERBINETTE.

    GÉRONTE, father to LÉANDRE and HYACINTHA.

    OCTAVE, son to ARGANTE, and lover to HYACINTHA.

    LÉANDRE, son to GÉRONTE, and lover to ZERBINETTE.

    ZERBINETTE, daughter to ARGANTE, believed to be a gypsy girl.

    HYACINTHA, daughter to GÉRONTE.

    SCAPIN, servant to LÉANDRE.

    SILVESTRE, servant to OCTAVE.

    NÉRINE, nurse to HYACINTHA.

    CARLE.

    TWO PORTERS.

    The scene is at NAPLES.
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