By William Makepeace Thackeray
Quittant l’Irlande à los angeles suite d’un duel qui tourne mal, Redmond Barry s’enrôle dans l’armée anglaise alors en guerre contre los angeles Prusse. Après avoir été fait prisonnier par l’ennemi, il sera contraint d’espionner un definite chevalier de Balibari pour le compte des Allemands. Coup de théâtre : celui-ci n’est autre que son oncle ! Tous deux prennent alors l. a. fuite et deviennent, avec succès et moyennant quelques tricheries, joueurs de cartes professionnels.
Ambitieux, Redmond parvient à se marier avec l. a. comtesse Lyndon, une riche veuve. Mais leur relation se révèle houleuse. En plus de dépenser sa fortune, Barry se comporte en mari tyrannique. Jeune arriviste débauché, libertin, il est l’archétype de l’opportuniste à los angeles recherche de l. a. gloire et de l’argent…
Dans un variety grinçant, le narrateur des pretend Mémoires de Barry Lyndon décrit avec ironie les travers de l. a. haute société cosmopolite d’un XVIIIe siècle décadent.
En 1975, Stanley Kubrick healthy de cette oeuvre, qu’il tira d’un relatif oubli, une magistrale edition cinématographique.
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R. Jackson and R. Smallwood (Cambridge, 1988), pp. 151‒66; pp. 154‒5. 2 D. Bradley, work cited in p. 38, n. 2, p. 34. 3 D. Bradley states ‘It is really a misnomer . . to speak of “sub-plots” or “double-plots” in Elizabethan plays’, pointing to ‘the Gloucester family . . whose history is fully explored and whose life-lines are interwoven, both in actuality and in the tightest thematic way, with those of the main characters’ (p. 35). 43 Introduction 6. David Bradley as Gloucester and Robert Stephens as Lear in Adrian Noble’s RSC production, 1993.
3 Donald Wolﬁt’s performance is reconstructed by Ronald Harwood in his Sir Donald Wolﬁt: His Life and Work in the Unfashionable Theatre (1971), pp. 160‒4; repr. in Wells, Theatre, pp. 224‒30. 1 2 40 Introduction at every little occasion, and dances about the house, leaps over tables, outskips men’s heads, trips up his companions’ heels, burns sack with a candle, and hath all the feats of a lord of misrule in the country . . ’1 But Lear’s Fool has cause to be more melancholy; and we are told that he has ‘much pined away’ even before we see him.
26), and that this led to the publication of Leir. 20 Introduction suitors. Leir decides to play a trick on her: he will ask his daughters which loves him best, and when, as he expects, Cordella claims it is she, will require her, as proof, to marry a husband of his choosing, the King of Ireland. Leir’s faithful servant Perillus, a forerunner of Shakespeare’s Kent, foresees disaster. The wicked Skalliger spills the beans to the elder sisters, who rejoice in the opportunity to thwart Cordella. In the scene of the love test, the elder sisters make grotesquely exaggerated protestations; Cordella (like Cordelia after her) comments in asides, then, when her turn comes, simply says I cannot paint my duty forth in words.