So he arrived in Uzès in November 1661, where it was hoped that Sconin would be able to secure a benefice (office in the church) for his nephew. It is certain that he was not slack in endeavouring to do this, but his attempts were in vain, and perhaps the church did not lose as much as the stage gained. Racine was at Uzès for an uncertain time, during which he sent to his friends very vivid letters (Lettres d'Uzès), in which he spoke of everything but theologyHis letters from Uzès to La Fontaine, to Le Vasseur, and others are in much the same strain as before, but there is here and there a marked tone of cynicism in them. One passage in particular, in which he tells how he was disenchanted with a damsel of Uzès, has an unpleasantly Swiftian touch about it.
All that is known is that he was back in Paris before the end of 1663, after he had lost the expected office following a tortuous lawsuit – which is said to be the main source of his comedy Les Plaideurs (The Litigants).