This charming play is hilarious because unlike previous farces that were based on scatalogical jokes or sexual innuendos, this play is based on the naiveté and stupidity of its two male protagonists. The two men are extolling the sweetness of their wives when they begin to worry that they may be too sweet and unable to ward off untoward advances. They take the women to a professor to have them "salted" to cure them of their sweetness. The doctor uses this as a chance to seduce the two women, who rebuff him and resolve to be "saltier" to their husbands, leaving the doctor's office to beat them senseless. This play combines the premise of not knowing how good one has it and the gullible nature of people to believe outlandish cures. The women prove the men wrong by rebuffing the doctor despite their sweetness, and showing that the true folly was the men's inability to communicate with their wives.
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M.A. French Literature Florida State University