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Let us take as a starting point the théorie Corneille laid out by Pierre Louÿs and taken up by his followers, as we have summarised it: 1) a collaboration between Moliere and Corneille is officially documented in 1671 regarding Psyché; 2) one must that conclude that it hides an earlier, secret, collaboration; 3) any pretext to “prove” this deduction must be seize.
Thus, on the canvas of Louÿs's sketchy affirmations and deductions, his disciples knit an accumulation of new affirmations, of words or events taken from their context, and other hazardous deductions. They thus discovered letters from a correspondent of Corneille and Moliere's, a certain François Davant, who, in a letter to Corneille, qualifies Moliere as “votre associé" and “votre second” (your associate and your second in command). Far from citingthe entire correspondence 1, where one learns that Davant is speaking only of Psyché — that is to say the unique official, public, and known collaboration —, the disciples of Louÿs only mention the words associé and second (taken quite out of context) as the purported “proof” of a general collaboration and a subordination of Moliere to Corneille.
This is why in this site we always cite all texts mentioned in their entirety: it is by taking words from their sentences, sentences from their paragraphs and paragraphs from their overall context that texts are made to say the opposite of what they mean.
Conversely, it is enough to read in their entirety the texts that the followers of Louÿs cite in a truncated or biased fashion to discover that they all confirm that Moliere is the author of his own works.
To conclude this introduction in a word, we have seen that Louÿs and his followers
1) affirm that Moliere was too ignorant to have been able to write the masterpieces ascribed to him
2) invoke at the same time Psyché as the sole veritable proof of collaboration between Moliere and Corneille.
But they neglect to mention that this proof absolutely contradicts their starting hypothesis: it is officially stated in the notice to Psyché not only that Moliere composed the play down to its slightest detail, but also that he himself versified the whole of act I and the first scenes of acts II and III. So which is it: either Moliere was ignorant and, in that case, incapable of versifying even the slightest scene of Psyché (and yet the scenes that he versified are as gracefully written as those versified by Corneille), or...
We shall see that this is not the least of the contradictions to which the negation of Moliere's authorship leads.
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