Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Molière's THE SCHOOL FOR WIVES: A Play | How to Possess a Teen

In Molière's play The School for Wives [French: L'école des femmes] Arnolphe, "a rich man, aged about fifty", is finally set to marry very sweet and innocent 17-year-old Agnès. Arnolphe began the marriage preparations when Agnès was 6-years-old. He believed: "A man who wants a perfect wife, must make her for himself."

Arnolphe had a very traditional and religious view of a wife's role. For example, he opined that a wife should never say, do or think anything that would go against her husband's wishes. And Agnès read from Some Rules for Wives: "A wife must dress only for her husband".

Arnolphe successfully excluded Agnès from any immoral influences and shielded: "[...] her from the world"; however, hours before the wedding ceremony, Agnès became infatuated with Horace - a young suitor. Arnolphe did everything within his power to not lose the "very pretty" and "very demure" Agnès to Horace. 

The School for Wives is a good example of how money cannot buy a nymphet. There is a major misconception among the masses that young women marry older men for money. Yet, despite the fact that Arnolphe educated Agnès and fed, clothed and gave her a house with two servants, she still preferred to marry the much younger and poorer Horace.

Even a conniving gold-digger can get tired of a Sugar Daddy. I wrote in The Allure of Nymphets about how Francis “Peaches” Browning left Edward “Daddy” Browning, Browning's 52-two-year-old husband, despite being lavished with riches. 

However, in almost every situation we've researched and observed, young women who end their age-gap relationships for young men, often regret their decisions - only to attempt to return to their (much) older man.

In the end, The School for Wives is a good reminder that men must possess charisma (i.e., self-confidence, self-control, be neat and clean, etc) to attract young women and that wealth, alone, is insufficient. 

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