L'Avare, The Miser in English, is by French poet/plagiariser Moliere and is a textbook example of why many kids don't read. The star of the show, sort of like Dracula, come to think of it, is a pervy father/businessman Harpagon, father of daughter Elise and son Cleante. Cleante wants to marry this girl Mariane, but Harpagon wants to marry Mariane because seeing as he'd be the boy of the relationship, he'd earn some sort of profit. Elise wants to marry this kind man who rescued her from a sinking ship named Valere (the man, not the boat, considering all these names sound like boat names) but Harpagon wants Elise to marry Seigneur Anselme, once again, for the money. And weird double entendres and mishearings ensue while the lovers and workers try to stop Harpagon from earning what he desires - and, as some believe, to chop off heads.
But trust me when I say that if we didn't go over this in class when it was comprehensible, I wouldn't have known anything about this play finishing up and probably would've stopped reading after the first act anyway. There's not a hint of excitement or desire within you to keep turning the pages, and I think I know why. One thing that may surprise you is this story takes place completely in Harpagon's house. I'm not even joking. I saw a two hour motion picture of this from back in the 70's in class and it was one of the most tedious things I'd ever watched. Not only does keeping all of the character's in Harpagon's house and not go anywhere makes the book seem extra long like some big prologue, but it gives the book no atmosphere, no air to breathe. I tried to think of something good I could make out of this. Cleante standing up to his father? No, when he makes off with something, that could've been a chance for Moliere to include a mystery to the item disappearance and I could've had a bit of fun guessing.
Plus, there's the old tell-him-the-opposite-of-what-he-meant-to-resolve-the-situation trick and I was thinking: "Do these characters even have ears? They are in the same room. How can you not hear the other? It's so stupid." Which also adds to the fact that the ending should've been surprising but I was more surprised on how stupid and implausible it was. Not to mention that the real story only picks up in the third act but still stays under Harpagon going crazy and in the first two acts I don't think anything important happened. There's a hint of faking being sick to thwart the wedding, but it was completely forgotten about and is a ripoff of R & J. The play is supposed to be a comedy apparently, but every time there is a joke, you're probably gonna go after the teacher explains it, "Oh, yeah, ha ha, that was funny...or supposed to be."