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date: 18 June 2024

Fifine at the Fair 

The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature
Dinah BirchDinah Birch, Katy HooperKaty Hooper

A poem in alexandrine couplets by Robert *Browning, published 1872. The speaker is Don Juan, who is strolling with his wife Elvire near Pornic in Brittany, where a fair is being held. Attracted by the gypsy dancer Fifine, Don Juan discusses with Elvire the nature of his feelings, contrasting the ephemeral nature of desire with the dull permanence of love. This initial theme gives rise to a series of absorbing variations on the interconnected topics of knowledge, identity, and authenticity in life and art.... ...

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