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The Marriage of Jeannette

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The Marriage of Jeannette

by Michel Carr

Genre: Operetta
Setting:
Format of Original Source:
Recommended Adaptation Length: 60 Minutes

Candidate for Adaptation? Not Likely

EXCERPT:

The story concerns only two persons. Jean, a boorish rustic, falls in love with Jeannette and proposes marriage. On the wedding-day, however, he suddenly changes his mind, and just as the notary hands him the pen to sign the contract, takes to his heels and runs home. Jeannette follows him up to demand an explanation, and pretends that she will not force him to marry her. In lieu of that she asks him to sign another contract from which she will withhold her name just to show that he was willing to do so. She furthermore promises publicly to reject him. When he has signed the new contract, she suddenly changes her mind also, and declares they are man and wife. In his fury Jean breaks up nearly everything in the house before he goes to sleep. The next day in his absence Jeannette provides new furniture from her own store, places things to rights again, sets the dinner, and awaits Jean’s return. When he comes back again, he is in more tractable mood, and seeing what Jeannette has done acknowledges her as his wife.



COMMENTS:

A two-character plot, which is a rare find.  But the woman’s character is rather unlikeable and flibberty-gibbetty, so that at the end of the day, we’re not terribly invested in this couple working things out.  Not enough structure to sustain an adaptation.


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