The Little French Lawyer is a Jacobean era stage play. It is a comedy written by John Fletcher and Philip Massinger John Fletcher was an important transitional figure between the Elizabethan popular tradition and the popular drama of the Restoration Period. According to Wikipedia, The play is set in Paris, and opens with two Frenchmen, the friends Dinant and Cleremont, discussing the ethics and manners of duelling. Dinant is disconsolate, because the woman he loves, Lamira, is marrying a rich old man named Champernell. Champernell won fame and fortune fighting at sea; but w he is crippled in an arm and a leg. Dinant and Champernell confront the wedding party as they leave the church; the two mock and insult the new-made man and wife. Champernell tries to fight back, but his injuries prevent him; both groom and bride are reduced to tears of frustration (him) and embarrassment (her). They are t without defenders, however: afterward, Lamira's brother Beaupre and Champernell's nephew Verdone meet Dinant and Cleremont, and challenge them to meet on the field of hor.
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