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The Massacre at Paris

The Massacre at Paris

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The Massacre at Paris

The Massacre at Paris

Scene Plot Summaries

Scene Summaries

Read a summary of each scene in the play. Use the individual scene links in the menu bar on the left (for example, click on [01] to navigate to Scene I). You can also then use the arrow buttons at the top of each scene summary to navigate quickly to the next or previous scene.

Scene Division

All textual reference follows the [Oliver] scene division and line numbering, if only for the reason that this may be the modern edition that most readers will likely be able to refer to.

The original undated Octavo edition of the play [O] contained no scene divisions. Most subsequent editors have variously introduced their own scene divisions, with most discrepancy around the extremely brief pieces of action depicting the murders during the Massacre:

  • The [Oxberry] edition of the play in 1818 also contained no scene divisions;
  • [Robinson's] collected works divided the Massacre at Paris into five acts, each divided into scenes. The first act covered the Massacre (scenes I to IX in [Oliver]), with Act II beginning at [Oliver]'s scene X, where Anjou accepts the crown of Poland.
  • [Dyce] followed [O] in having no scene division in The Massacre at Paris contained in his collected works (1850).
  • [Cunningham] also divided the play into five Acts with further scene divisions in his collected works published in 1870.
  • [Bullen] was the first to introduce a simple scene division without acts, breaking the play down into 24 scenes when he published his collected works in 1885. [Oliver] follows [Bullen] with the exception of Scenes V to VII.1
  • W.W.Greg [Malone-Greg] largely follows the scene division of [Bullen] when he edited the Malone Society Reprint in 1928.
  • [Bennett] also employed a simple scene division in his edition of the play published in 1931, but with slightly more differences to [Bullen] than [Malone-Greg].

Quotations, Punctuation and Spelling

A quotation accompanies each scene's plot summary. The [Oliver] Revels edition of the play is quoted, which employs modern spelling and punctuation.

  • Note 1: [Bullen] starts Scene V at [Oliver]'s IV.49.1 ("Enter the Admiral in his bed"); Bullen's Scene VI is Oliver's Scene V; Oliver breaks Bullen's single scene VII into two very short scenes VI (Guise and Anjou chasing Protestants) and VII (Murder of Loreine). Back to Text
 
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