Madelon and Cathos

Madelon and Cathos

their suitors had to be flamboyant. [Fr. Lit.: Les Precieuses Ridicules]
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's satires on a foible of contemporary society, it narrates how Madelon and Cathos, daughters of a provincial bourgeois and ardent admirers of the affectations of Parisian society, reject their suitors as insufficiently ornate in speech and dress; they will have no proposals without the garnish and flamboyance described in the novels of Madeleine de Scudery.