The Imaginary Invalid - Study Guide Act 1, Scene 2 Summary & Analysis

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Act 1, Scene 2 Summary

Toinette is heard answering Argan's call from offstage before she appears. Argan begins to shout at her; however, Toinette pretends that she has hit herself on the head. She blames her imaginary injury on the fact that Argan has rushed her. Toinette threatens to leave Argan, and this troubles him, for he takes pleasure in scolding her. Their fight is quickly over when Toinette teases Argan, saying that his apothecaries take great pleasure in treating him for so many mysterious maladies. With this, Argan pushes Toinette away telling her to fetch his daughter, Angelique. The order comes too late, since Angelique arrives of her own will.

Act 1, Scene 2 Analysis

The way that Toinette and Argan interact with each other makes it hard to ascertain their relationship. Although they are fighting with each other, neither character seems to be truly angry with the other; it is...

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