Alcippe is a young man of Paris, who believes that his fiancee, Clarice, is being lured away from
- You seem intent on messing me about.
- Well then, since you insist, I’ll spell it out:
- I’ve loved this girl for years, and she loves me --
- At least, she did -- but now, apparently,
- You’ve ousted me with music, banquets and
- Fireworks, although you clearly understand
- The situation -- since that’s obviously
- Why you returned without informing me.
- But now you’ve chosen to come out of hiding:
- Secrecy bores you -- you prefer deriding
- Your beaten rival with a full report
- On your romantic exploits. I’d have thought
- I had good reason to be shocked and wounded
- By such behaviour!
Corneille, Pierre. Two Plays: The Liar, The Illusion. trans. Ranjit Bolt. Absolute Classics, Bath, England. 1989. p. 34