However, Francisca fears that, in her absence, Félix is already involved with other lovers and will ignore the letter that she sent him. 0000009183 00000 n The maiden's consent by Fernandez de Moratin, Leandro, 1760-1828. However, he expresses concern over the fact that Francisca never says she loves him and has never explicitly consented to the marriage.

This certainly heats up the affair situation. Light and darkness have a strong presence in the play. 0000000016 00000 n It was written in 1801 and first performed in 1806. 0000001299 00000 n The son of the poet and playwright Nicolás Fernández de Moratín, he was an apologist of the French Encyclopaedists, a translator of Molière and William Shakespeare, and a satirist of contemporary … 0000002092 00000 n

He has never met the girl before, but her mother, Irene, has assured him, mostly through letters, that the girl is delighted to be marrying him. It ran for 26 successive performances in Madrid, which was an unusually long run for a play at that time. 0 One exit leads a landing of the stairwell … Rita is often the bearer of lights, both because that is the realistic job of a servant and also because she usually knows the true nature of different situations. …of convenience, as seen in El sí de las niñas (1806; The Maiden’s Consent). Because of political and ecclesiastical opposition to his French sympathies, he spent most of his life after 1814 in France, where he died; he was buried between his models Molière and Jean de La Fontaine, but…. All of the servants are the voices of reason throughout the play.

They stop in the town of Alcalá de Henares to stay for the night. Diego is suspicious of this reason and orders Carlos to go back to Zaragoza immediately. 0000006531 00000 n 406 20 Félix then arrives and tells Paquita (a diminutive of Francisca) that she has nothing to worry about, because he has a rich uncle in Madrid that will use his money and influence to stop the marriage and allow Paquita to marry Félix. <>stream endobj It is then revealed that "Félix" is actually don Carlos, the nephew of don Diego who has been stationed with his regiment in Zaragoza. In the middle of the night, Carlos plays music in the street so that Francisca will hear him, and he throws a letter for her through the window. While they wait for Félix, Irene has a talk with Francisca about why she should be happy to get married: Diego is very rich, and Irene doesn't have anyone to take care of her except for Francisca. Carlos protests that the horses are too tired, so Diego, still trying to hide the fact that he is engaged, sends Carlos somewhere else to spend the night. … The maiden's consent — First published in 1962 Edition Notes Translation of El si de las niñas. 0000000696 00000 n The play is occasionally criticized as being somewhat misogynistic in that the women of the story sometimes trick the male characters, and are examples of old regime, non-enlightened characters. Because of political and ecclesiastical opposition to his French sympathies, he spent most of his life after 1814 in France, where he died; he was buried between his models Molière and Jean de La Fontaine, but… They recognize each other and ask why each has come to Alcalá. Diego realizes that he has been as commandeering to Carlos as Irene has been to Francisca, for which Diego has already criticized her. startxref

THE YOUNG LADY’S CONSENT. The Maidens' Consent is a play by the Spanish playwright Leandro Fernández de Moratín.

They stall until Diego shows up. 106 p. 19 cm Translation of El si de las ninas Notes. However, Calamocha cannot reveal that Félix has come for personal reasons, and Simón has been charged to keep the wedding a secret, so each man pretends not to understand the other's questions. But, he is attracted to Francisca's youth and innocence, and plans to marry her as soon as they arrive in Madrid the next morning. %PDF-1.7 %���� 0000015597 00000 n Diego's behavior is an example of poder ilustrado, ("enlightened power"), a kind of powerful man who factors reason and logic into his decision-making process. 0000001895 00000 n The play is a satirical commentary on Spanish social norms of the time and has since become part of the repertoire. However, Moratín was commenting on the social institutions of his own day in Spain, compared to which his ideas are positively enlightened. While there, Diego tells Simón that he is engaged to Francisca.

0000003959 00000 n When Carlos arrives, Diego deliberately provokes him to see how much he cares for Francisca. The play is a satirical commentary on Spanish social norms of the time and has since become part of the repertoire. Leandro Fernández de Moratín, (born March 10, 1760, Madrid, Spain—died July 21, 1828, Paris, France), dramatist and poet, the most influential Neoclassic literary figure of the Spanish Enlightenment.. The 72.46m² (gross) dwelling was of sufficient size to make it a usable habitable unit of accommodation and there is no reason to suggest that, as later occurred, once the viability of the agricultural holding has … 0000003100 00000 n 406 0 obj 0000001812 00000 n 0000017280 00000 n Finally, Diego decides that it would be better for Francisca to have free choice of what she wants to do, and she decides to marry Carlos. Carlos says that he was on his way to Madrid so that he could visit his uncle. 0000002321 00000 n Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. She even goes so far as to threaten Francisca, who starts to feel that she cannot disobey her mother. …sí de las niñas (1806; The Maiden’s Consent) ranks with the 18th century’s best prose.

A hallway/foyer with four doors to guest rooms, each numbered. A rich, elderly, bachelor (Diego) from Madrid and his servant, Simón, have traveled to the city of Guadalajara to escort a poor 16-year-old girl (Francisca) and her mother back to the capital. Publication date 1962 Publisher Great Neck, N.Y., Barron's Educational Series Collection inlibrary; printdisabled; internetarchivebooks; americana Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive Contributor Internet Archive Language English. Start This article has been rated as Start-Class on the project's quality scale.

She is irritatingly needy and selfish and complains constantly. Other articles where The Maiden’s Consent is discussed: Leandro Fernández de Moratín: …of convenience, as seen in El sí de las niñas (1806; The Maiden’s Consent). 37,000 people saw the play performed during the 26 days it ran at Madrid's Teatro de la Cruz, a figure equivalent to around 25% of the population of the Spanish capital during the period. He sends Simón to get Carlos while he finally talks to Francisca about the marriage. Carlos proves that theirs is not an illicit love, but rather they have spent 90 days just talking to one another and have thus fallen in love.

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By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. Finally, Rita tells her that Félix has already come to Alcalá to help her, and Francisca immediately feels better. No contents page found. Later, Francisca, almost in sobs, expresses to Rita her displeasure at the prospect of marrying Don Diego. However, Diego finds it, having already witnessed the entire episode. She starts to cry because she feels so torn between her filial duties and her great love for Félix. %%EOF Series Barron's library of literary masterpieces. She tries to manipulate both Francisca and Diego in order to make her own life more comfortable.