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French Wikisource has original text related to this article: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I can’t imagine what put that whim into their heads; but when I saw that they were resolved to force me to be a doctor, I made up my mind to be one at the expense of those I might have to do with. When he sees how much Geronte is willing to pay him, however, he decides to give up woodcutting and remain a “doctor” for the rest of his life.

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Retrieved July 7, Sganarelle, a poor woodcutter, makes life a living hell for his wife and family by spending what little he earns on food and drink. No, I tell you; they made a doctor of me in spite of myself.

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Below is a translation of Sganarelle’s most famous speech, which is considered one of the funniest in French Theatre: Yet you would hardly believe how the error has spread abroad, and how everyone is obstinately determined to see a great doctor in me.

A shoe maker in making shoes can’t spoil a scrap of leather without having to pay for it, but we can spoil a man without paying one farthing for the damage done. I had never dreamt of being so learned as that, and all my studies came to an end in the lowest form.

Sganarelle spends his first session with her frantically trying to pass as a real doctor, mainly out of fear of being beaten again. The servants take him to meet their master, Geronte, and his daughter Lucinde who has become mysteriously mute.

Farcical comedy ensues, climaxing with Sganarelle being discovered and almost executed.

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They come to fetch me from right and left; and if things go on in that fashion, I think I had better stick to physic all my life.

She convinces fownload two that her husband is an eccentric but brilliant doctor, whom they must beat into admitting his identity. As she is plotting, she hears two passing servants mmedecin a rich man mention their frustration at being unable to find a doctor who can cure their master’s daughter’s mysterious illness.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The blunders are not ours, and the fault is always that of the dead man. In short, the best part of this profession is, that there exists among the dead an honesty, a discretion that nothing can surpass; and never as yet downloxd one been known to complain of the doctor who had killed him. The play ends with a classical moment of deus ex machina ; with Lucinde’s love, Geronte’s wishes, and Sganarelle’s fate being neatly and happily resolved.

“”The Doctor in Spite of Himself” By Molière. Translated by Brett B. Bo” by Brett B. Bodemer

The servants find Sganarelle cutting wood and drinking in the woods nearby and beat him until he finally admits to being a doctor. Views Read Edit View history.

This page was last edited on 19 Decemberat A large amount of the play consists of Sganarelle’s boastful comic monologues. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Retrieved from ” https: As the play opens, he is seen arguing with and eventually beating his wife, Martine, who then decides to take revenge.

September Learn how and when to remove this template message. Eventually Sganarelle discovers that his patient is in fact only pretending to be ill, uli she is betrothed to a rich man whom she does not love. I find ldf the best of trades; for, whether we are right or wrong, we are paid equally well.