the French tragic stage


Senior Member
Chinese Taiwan

Does anyone know what "the French tragic stage" is?

Here's the context:It was vulgar at the beginning of the nineteenth century to mention the word "handkerchief" on the French tragic stage. An arbitrary convention had decreed that tragic personages must inhabit a world, in which noses exist only to distinguish the noble Romans from the Greeks and Hebrews, never to be blown.

Thanks to any help and explanation!
  • Kelly B

    Senior Member
    USA English
    I think it means a theater performance of a play in the tragic style, staged in France.