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Critical Essay by Catherine Grise

SOURCE: "Under the Pear Tree: Cognitive Space and Deceit Structures in Five 'Magical' Contes of La Fontaine," in French Forum, Vol. 16, No. 1, January 1991, pp. 21-38.

In the following essay, Grise contends that when one character dupes another in La Fontaine's Contes or Tales, the reader participates in a pleasurable sense of superiority for being in on the deceitful jokes.

At the end of "Joconde," the first of La Fontaine's Contes, one of the characters asks a significant question: "Et si par quelque etrange cas/Nous n'avons point cru voir chose qui n'était pas?"1 The theme of the tale is cuckoldry; two husbands discover their wives inflagrante delictu and, seeking revenge, determine to seduce other men's wives. The evidence on which each...

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