A society that took such delight in jokes about rogueries
might lead us to see the early modern world as suffused with a genial, amused tolerance toward criminals--something that we know from other sources is clearly not the case.
In this new version of Moliere's 1671 comedy "The Rogueries
of Scapin" (Les Fourberies de Scapin), the title character maintains his close ties to literary ancestor Scapino, the rascally servant who is one of commedia's stock characters.
There is also a chauvinistic depiction of a Frenchman: Rolland is Fallible's new valet who, O'Neil argues, will certainly lead his master to "a thousand other rogueries
without any trouble.
Hence Teufelsdrockh himself exults in exotic ambiguities of figuration; to the frustrated hermeneutic efforts of the Editor, this reads as ` underground humours, and intricate sardonic rogueries
, wheel within wheel' (p.
Amphitryon (1668) was a success, and the company enjoyed a degree of good fortune for five years with L ' Avare, Georges Dandin (1668), Monsieur de Pourceaugnac (1669), Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Les Amants magnifiques ( The Magnificent Lovers, 1670), Psyche (1671), on which Moliere collaborated, Les Fourberies de Scapin ( The Rogueries
of Scapin, 1671), La Comtesse d'Escarbagnas (1671), and Les Femmes savantes.