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48 DRAMATIC AND LYRIC INTERPRETATION
Daughter
Ah ! dites-moi, ma mere mamie, Ce que j'entends pleurer ici?
Mother
C'est la voisine d'a c6te" Qui a perdu son nouveau n6!
Before concluding this chapter I wish to return once again to the song by Jules Laforgue, Notre Petite Compagne, which we have dis­cussed when speaking of the amplification of the text.
You remember I mentioned that Notre Pe­tite Compagne was a poem which I wanted to use as a song. I have explained how I tried to amplify the meaning of the song by using the first verse, which appeared to me the quintes­sence of the poem, as a refrain after each verse.
It remained to establish the atmosphere of the song.
The words of the poem indicate that the at­mosphere in which Notre Petite Compagne (it means from the point of view of men "Our little mate") lives, is rather frivolous. We could easily imagine her sitting at a little marble table in one of the Parisian night caf 6s, smoking a cigarette and listening to the playing of a gipsy band.








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