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In the face of insuperable financial difficulties, Antoine was forced to elose the Tbeätre Libre in 1893. Lugne-Poe's Tbeätre de l'ffiuvre was therefore left as the only avantgarde stage in Paris. Early in 1896, Jarry offered his services to the director of l'ffiuvre as secretary-cumgeneral dogsbody. He was first associated with the production of Ibsen's Peer Gynt, as literary adviser and small-bit player, but his ultimate aim was to have Ubu roi performed. He achieved his goal on 9 Oecember 1896.

Oh! I'm dead! It's at least a cannon-ball that's just hit me. Ah! dear God, forgive me my sins. Yes, it was a cannon-ball all right. MACNURE. I put a blank cartridge in my pisto!. UBU. Ah, you're making fun of me, are you now? All right, into my pocket with you. ) (UP, p. 57) UBU. Tearing people to bits is one of Ubu's favourite pastimes! In his letter to Lugne-Poe about the staging of Ubu, Jarry advocated the use of a single actor to portray the Polish army and other crowds. He suggests that a single nobleman be used for the massacre of the nobility.

Jarry at school had already begun to speak in a c1ipped, monotonous, machine-gun manner, and this peculiarity became more and more pronounced. Gemier copied it for his portrayal of Ubu, and Gide observed, 'His bizarre, implacable accent had no inflection or nuance and laid equal stress on every syllable, even the mute ones. ' Like King Ubu, Jarry assumed the royal 'we' in speech and writing as at the end of a letter to his friend Rachilde: When will you return, Madame? We shall soon have finished another chapter and we would like to hear you read it, for we do not understand a word of it as it seems crystal c1ear to us (Arnaud, p.

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