Ha, ha, ha! My faith, that was hilarious. What a dupe! If
he had learned his role by heart, he could not have played it better. Ah!
Ah! Excuse me, Sir, Wouldn't you like to help us here in an affair that
is taking place.
Ah! Ah! Covielle, who would have recognized you? How you are
You see, ha, ha!
What are you laughing at?
At a thing, Sir, that well deserves it.
I'll give you many chances, Sir, to guess the stratagem we
are using on Monsieur Jourdain to get him to give his daughter to my master.
I can't begin to guess the stratagem, but I guess it will not
fail in its effect, since you are undertaking it.
I see, Sir, that you know me too well.
Tell me what it is.
Come over here a little to make room for what I see coming.
You can see part of the story, while I tell you the rest.
(The Turkish ceremony for ennobling Monsieur Jourdain is performed
in dance and music, and comprises the Fourth Interlude.) [The ceremony
is a burlesque full of comic gibberish in pseudo-Turkish and nonsensical
French, in which Monsieur Jourdain is made to appear ludicrous and
during which he is outfitted with an extravagant costume, turban,