|Plot Summary of Ardele|
|"The General (Leon) called a family meeting with his sister, the Countess and his son Nicholas to discuss their hunchbacked old maid sister, Ardele, and her infatuation with a hunchbacked tutor hired by the general for his ten year old son. They wish to prevent her marriage to the tutor and she has locked herself in her room and doesn't come out through the whole play. The General is having an affair with a maid. The Countess arrives with her lover and her husband who is having an affair with a young lady himself. Yet despite their own indiscretions, they will not hear of Ardele's love affair even though it might be her only chance at love.
Anouilh's play is a comic statement on the selfish attitudes of people claiming to be in love."
Jack Goodstein, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Ardele|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Kind of romance:
- fighting matchbreaker (parents/authorities)
Family, struggle with
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- infantry soldier
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Average intelligence
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- almost none
- physically sick
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
- fancy mansion
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- No single main character?
Is this a play?
Amount of dialog
- mostly dialog
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