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The Imaginary Cuckold

The Imaginary Cuckold - Richard Wilbur, Molière Mildly humorous comedy of errors. Once again, this reminded me of some of [a:William Shakespeare|947|William Shakespeare|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1360741702p2/947.jpg]'s comedies, but I found this one to be somewhat funnier. It was very short, but I think the length suited the material. Part of what drives me crazy about Shakespeare's comedies is that they are too lengthy for how obviously ridiculous the situation is in which the characters find themselves. [a:Molière|29837|Molière|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1219168412p2/29837.jpg] doesn't mess around in this play. He gets his characters properly confused with humorous results, and then he has one of them take a deep breath and say, "you know, clearly we're all a little mucked up, what say we talk rationally and see if we can't get ourselves sorted out." It's neat, it's clean, it's funny. It works for me.