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Turcaret is a ruthless, dishonest and dissolute financier. His vulgar wife is as dissolute as himself. A harebrained marquis, a knavish chevalier and a coquettish baroness, to whom Turcaret is attracted, are among the other highly comic characters.
- Richard Parish, "Marine Chassée": A Reconsideration of the Dramatic Structure of Lesage's Turcaret. "En marge du classicisme": Essays on the French Theatre from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, ed. Alan Howe & Richard Waller, Liverpool, Liverpool UP; 1987, p. 173-199