Vie de Moliere

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Author: Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet)
Published: 1890
Language: French
Wordcount: 4,532 / 22 pg
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 1,307
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Genre: Biography
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vance de leur charge chez le roi ; mais son génie l'appelait ailleurs. On a remarqué que presque tous ceux qui se sont fait un nom dans les beaux-arts les ont cultivés malgré leurs parents, et que la nature a toujours été en eux plus forte que l'éducation.

Poquelin avait un grand-père qui aimait la comédie, et qui le menait quelquefois à l'hôtel de Bourgogne. Le jeune homme sentit bientôt une aversion invincible pour sa profession. Son goût pour l'étude se développa ; il pressa son grand-père d'obtenir qu'on le mît au collège, et il arracha enfin le consentement de son père, qui le mit dans une pension, et l'envoya externe aux jésuites, avec la répugnance d'un bourgeois qui croyait la fortune de son fils perdue s'il étudiait.

Le jeune Poquelin fit au collège les progrès qu'on devait attendre de son empressement à y entrer. Il y étudia cinq années ; il y suivit le cours des classes d'Armand de Bourbon, premier prince de Conti, qui depuis fut le protecteur des lettres et de Molière.

Il y avait alors da

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