Notes On Villa for Sale - CBSE Class 9 Literature Reader 101 Communicative
The one act play, "Villa for sale" is set in France. The humorous play revolves round Juliette’s villa. The main character include Juliette, the owner of the villa, Gaston and Jeanne the couple who are interested in purchasing the villa and Mrs. A L Smith an arrogant actress is also interested in buying  the villa as it is near Paramount studio where she is going to shoot some films.

In this drama Juliette puts up her villa for sale. Jeanne sees a placard ‘Villa for sale” hanging outside the gate of the villa. She wants to buy the villa for her parents. She has been insisting on it since one month. Gaston is very business-minded, very shrewd and he expresses his displeasure in making any investment on his wife’s family. So, whenever she joins any conversation with him pertaining to purchase of villa, Gaston explains his unwillingness to buy a villa.

But, Jeanne is firm in her decision to buy a villa. They reach the villa and have a look at it.Gaston who is not interested to buy the villa finds faults with it. He says the garden looks like a yard with a patch of grass in the middle and the salon is small. On the other hand, Jeanne has a good opinion about villa. Gaston is totally irritated by now and makes it very clear that he has no intention of purchasing the villa and is about to leave.

At that very moment, the owner of the villa enters. She pretends to be very proud of her villa and single-handedly announces that the villa perfectly suited their personalities. She flatters the young couple, calls them ‘exceptional’ that the villa was according to their taste. After much bargaining Juliette reduces the price from 2,50,000 francs to 2,00,000 francs. Gaston rejects and is about to leave when Jeanne surprises him that she wants to see the upper floor and finally decide whether to purchase the villa or not.

When the two women go up, Gaston is left alone. While he waits, Mrs. A L Smith the American actress arrives to look at the villa. While she is conversing with him, Gaston realizes that Mrs. Smith has mistaken him as the owner of the villa and wanted to make a deal with him. He senses to make some money by this deal. He acts as owner of the villa and tells Mrs. Smith that the villa will cost 300000 francs. Immediately she hands over to Gaston a cheque of 300000 francs. She leaves telling him that her lawyer will complete the rest of the transaction.

Juliette and his wife returns after looking at the top floor, she  says that she has lost the idea of buying the villa but Gaston explains to her the Villa will not only allow her parents staying with them but also allow them to enjoy country life after retirement. Then, he immediately hands over a cheque of 200000 francs to Juliette.

Juliette is still unaware that Gaston has sold the villa to Mrs.A L Smith. Gaston's ingenuity is later discovered by Jeanne. Mr.Gaston has earned one hundred and thousand france in the deal.

Summary

The one act play, "Villa for sale" is set in France. The humorous play revolves round Juliette’s villa. The main character include Juliette, the owner of the villa, Gaston and Jeanne the couple who are interested in purchasing the villa and Mrs. A L Smith an arrogant actress is also interested in buying  the villa as it is near Paramount studio where she is going to shoot some films.

In this drama Juliette puts up her villa for sale. Jeanne sees a placard ‘Villa for sale” hanging outside the gate of the villa. She wants to buy the villa for her parents. She has been insisting on it since one month. Gaston is very business-minded, very shrewd and he expresses his displeasure in making any investment on his wife’s family. So, whenever she joins any conversation with him pertaining to purchase of villa, Gaston explains his unwillingness to buy a villa.

But, Jeanne is firm in her decision to buy a villa. They reach the villa and have a look at it.Gaston who is not interested to buy the villa finds faults with it. He says the garden looks like a yard with a patch of grass in the middle and the salon is small. On the other hand, Jeanne has a good opinion about villa. Gaston is totally irritated by now and makes it very clear that he has no intention of purchasing the villa and is about to leave.

At that very moment, the owner of the villa enters. She pretends to be very proud of her villa and single-handedly announces that the villa perfectly suited their personalities. She flatters the young couple, calls them ‘exceptional’ that the villa was according to their taste. After much bargaining Juliette reduces the price from 2,50,000 francs to 2,00,000 francs. Gaston rejects and is about to leave when Jeanne surprises him that she wants to see the upper floor and finally decide whether to purchase the villa or not.

When the two women go up, Gaston is left alone. While he waits, Mrs. A L Smith the American actress arrives to look at the villa. While she is conversing with him, Gaston realizes that Mrs. Smith has mistaken him as the owner of the villa and wanted to make a deal with him. He senses to make some money by this deal. He acts as owner of the villa and tells Mrs. Smith that the villa will cost 300000 francs. Immediately she hands over to Gaston a cheque of 300000 francs. She leaves telling him that her lawyer will complete the rest of the transaction.

Juliette and his wife returns after looking at the top floor, she  says that she has lost the idea of buying the villa but Gaston explains to her the Villa will not only allow her parents staying with them but also allow them to enjoy country life after retirement. Then, he immediately hands over a cheque of 200000 francs to Juliette.

Juliette is still unaware that Gaston has sold the villa to Mrs.A L Smith. Gaston's ingenuity is later discovered by Jeanne. Mr.Gaston has earned one hundred and thousand france in the deal.
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