About this bookMonsieur de Pourceaugnac is a three-act comedy-ballet in prose.
Two young Parisian lovers, Éraste and Julie, met in secret for fear that Julie's father, Oronte, discovers their relationship. Oronte has promised his daughter to Monsieur de Pourceaugnac, a bourgeois of Limoges. The lovers seek a solution that will allow Julie to escape the marriage. For this they use a matchmaker Nérine and a Napolitan cheat Sbrigani. When Monsieur de Pourceaugnac arrives, they do everything to ridicule him, to make it look like he’s crazy, to make it look like he’s somebody with many debts ... And when that doesn’t work, Sbrigani goes find the poor man to tell that Julie is just a nasty coquette and she does not deserve him to marry her. Julie enters the scene and claims to be madly in love with the unfortunate young man. Monsieur de Pourceaugnac, convinced of the vanity of his bride refuses to marry her. When Pourceaugnac wants to leave the scene, two women pick on him and say he is the father of their many children. Monsieur de Pourceaugnac has now only one possibility to escape a charge of polygamy: to run. Disguised as a woman he manages to escape. Sbrigani then convinces Orontes that Pourceaugnac has kidnapped his daughter, and when Éraste "saves" her, Orontes gives their marriage his blessing.