Jean Anouilh Writing Styles in Ring around the Moon

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Setting

Ring Around the Moon takes place at a French country estate in spring. Why spring? Probably because it is when romance is thought to "bloom." The additional setting of a glassed-in rococo winter garden looking out on a "wide expanse of park" contributes to this fertile atmosphere. The home belongs to Madame Desmermortes and is occupied by her nephews, Hugo and Frederic, and her niece, Lady India, all of them attended by the butler, Joshua. All other characters are guests at the chateau.

Music

Music occurs primarily in Act II at the evening ball, where it may reinforce the idea that precise and numerous entrances and exits of a multitude of characters are a kind of comedic dance. When Hugo blackmails Patrice into acting as Isabelle's jealous lover, a kind of battle of wits results, and so Anouilh calls for a "heroic, warlike tune."

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