(Madame Jourdain, Monsieur Jourdain, Dorimène, Dorante,
Aha! I find good company here, and I see that I was
not expected. Was it for this pretty affair, Monsieur Husband, that you
were so eager to send me to dinner at my sister's? I just saw stage decorations
downstairs, and here I see a banquet fit for a wedding. That is how you
spend your money, and this is how you entertain the ladies in my absence,
and you give them music and entertainment while sending me on my way.
What are you saying, Madame Jourdain? And what fantasies are
you getting into your head that your husband spends his money, and that
it is he who is giving this entertainment to Madame? Please know that it
is I; that he only lends me his house, and that you ought to think more
about the things you say.
Yes, what impertinence. It is the Count who presents
all this to Madame, who is a person of quality. He does me the honor of
using my house and of wishing me to be with him.
All that's nonsense. I know what I know.
Come Madame Jourdain, put on better glasses.
I don't need glasses, sir, I see well enough; I have
had suspicions for a long time, and I'm not a fool. This is very low of
you, of a great lord, to lend a hand as you do to the follies of my husband.
And you, Madame, for a great lady, it is neither fine nor honest of you
to cause dissension in a household and to allow my husband to be in love
What is she trying to say with all this? Goodness Dorante!
You have outdone yourself by exposing me to the absurd fantasies of this
Madame, wait! Madame, where are you going?
Madame! Monsieur Count, make excuses to her and try
to bring her back. Ah! You impertinent creature, this is a fine way to
act! You come and insult me in front of everybody, and you drive from me
people of quality.
I laugh at their quality.
I don't know who holds me back, evil creature, from
breaking your head with the remains of the repast you came to disrupt.
(The table is removed).
(Leaving) I'm not concerned. These are my rights
that I defend, and I'll have all wives on my side.
You do well to avoid my rage. She arrived very inopportunely.
I was in the mood to say pretty things, and I had never felt so witty.