ACT FIVE
Scene I
 

(Madame Jourdaine, Monsieur Jourdain)

MADAME JOURDAIN
Ah, My God! Mercy! What is all of this? What a spectacle! Are you dressed for a masquerade, and is this a time to go masked? Speak then, what is this? Who has bundled you up like that?

MONSIEUR JOURDAIN
See the impertinent woman, to speak in this way to a Mamamouchi!

MADAME JOURDAIN
How's that?

MONSIEUR JOURDAIN
Yes, you must show me respect now, as I've just been made a Mamamouchi.

MADAME JOURDAIN
What are you trying to say with your Mamamouchi?

MONSIEUR JOURDAIN
Mamamouchi, I tell you. I'm a Mamamouchi.

MADAME JOURDAIN
What animal is that?

MONSIEUR JOURDAIN
Mamamouchi, that is to say, in our language, Paladin.

MADAME JOURDAIN
Baladin! Are you of an age to dance in ballets?

MONSIEUR JOURDAIN
What an ignorant woman! I said Paladin. It's a dignity which has just been bestowed upon me in a ceremony.

MADAME JOURDAIN
What ceremony then?

MONSIEUR JOURDAIN
Mahometa-per-Jordina.

MADAME JOURDAIN
What does that mean?

MONSIEUR JOURDAIN
Jordina, that is to say, Jourdain.

MADAME JOURDAIN
Very well, what of Jourdain?

MONSIEUR JOURDAIN
Voler far un Paladina de Jordina.

MADAME JOURDAIN
What?

MONSIEUR JOURDAIN
Dar turbanta con galera.

MADAME JOURDAIN
Which is to say what?

MONSIEUR JOURDAIN
Per deffender Palestina.

MADAME JOURDAIN
What are you trying to say?

MONSIEUR JOURDAIN
Dara, dara, bastonnara.

MADAME JOURDAIN
What jargon is this?

MONSIEUR JOURDAIN
Non tener honta, questa star l'ultima affronta.

MADAME JOURDAIN
What in the world is all that?

MONSIEUR JOURDAIN
(Dancing and singing). Hou la ba, Ba la chou, ba la ba, ba la da.

MADAME JOURDAIN
Alas! Oh Lord, my husband has gone mad.

MONSIEUR JOURDAIN
(Leaving) Peace, insolent woman! Show respect to the Monsieur Mamamouchi.

MADAME JOURDAIN
Has he lost his mind? I must hurry to stop him from going out. Ah! Ah! This is the last straw! I see nothing but shame on all sides.

(She leaves.)