Lovers' Quarrels is a comedy in five acts and in verse.
Lovers' Quarrels is a complex comedy animated by deception and misunderstanding. A young woman (Ascagne) has worn masculine disguise since childhood, for the sake of an inheritance that would otherwise go to the household of young Valère. Ascagne loves Valère, who is a suitor of her sister Lucile. She cleverly manages to marry him in a midnight ceremony, Valere believing that his veiled and unseen bride is Lucile. Valère s manservant Mascarille is similarly deceived and, under pressure, conveys his misinformation to Raste, a young man who jealously loves Lucile and is loved in turn by her. The ensuing quarrel between Raste and Lucile lasts until the fourth act, and is paralleled by the quarreling and reconciliation of Gros-René (raste's valet) and Marinette (Lucile's maid).
Richard Wilbur is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a former Poet Laureate of the United States. His verse translations of Molière’s plays have been performed for audiences throughout the world.