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not in "Glatigny" (Mendes, 1906), nor in "Bohemos" Zamacois, 1907). (10) - Rivalry of Equals, One of Whom Has in the Past Been Guilty of Adultery: -- "Chevalerie Rusti- que" (Verga, 1888). (11) - Of a Man Who is Loved and One Who Has Not the Right to Love: -- "La Esmeralda." (12) -Of the Two Successive Husbands of a Divorcee - - "Le Dedale" (Hervieu, 1903). By multiply- ing the number of husbands good comic effects might be secured. B - Feminine Rivalries, (1) - - Of a Sorceress and an Ordinary Woman: "La Conquete de la Toison d'Or" by Corneille: "La Sorciere" (Sardou, 1903). (2) --Of Victor and Prisoner: -"Le Comte d' Essex" by Thomas Corneille; the "Marie Stuart" of Schiller and also of Samson. (3) - - Of Queen and Subject: - - "Marie Tudor" and "Amy Robsart" by Hugo; "Le Cor Fleuri" (Mikhael and Herold); "Varennes" (Lenotre and Lavedan, 1904). The title of this sub-class is, it will be remembered, the only one cited of the so-called "Twenty-Four Situations" of Gerard de Nerval; we might indeed include under this denomination the examples of B 1, 2 and 4. But at most it can constitute only a half of one of the four classes of "Rivalry of Superior and Inferior," which itself has but the importance of one situation in a series of thirty-six. (4) --Of a Queen and a Slave: - - "Bajazet" by Racine; "Zulime;" part of "Une Nuit de Cteopatre" (from Gautier, by V. Masse, 1885). (5) --Of Lady and Servant: -- "The Gardener's Dog" by Lope de Vega (wherein may be found what is perhaps the most successful of the many attempted por- traits of an amoroiLs "grande dame"). (6) --Of a Lady and a Woman of Humbler Positions: -- "Francois-les-baslbleus" (Messager, 1883); "Le Friquet" (Willy and Gyp, 1904); "Petite Hollande" (S. Guitry, 1908); "L'Ane de Buridan" (de Fleurs and de Caillavet, 1909); "Trains de Luxe" (Hermant, 1909). Of a Lady and Two Women of Humbler Class: -- "Les Passagères" (Coolus, 1906).