ACT FIVE
Scene II
 

(Dorante, Dorimène)

DORANTE
Yes, Madame, you are going to see the most amusing thing imaginable. I don't believe it would be possible to find in all the world another man as crazy as that one is. And then too, Madame, we must try to help Cléonte's plan by supporting his masquerade. He's a very gallant man and deserves our help.

DORIMÈNE
I think highly of him and he deserves happiness.

DORANTE
Besides that, we have here, Madame, another ballet performance that we shouldn't miss, and I want to see if my idea will succeed.

DORIMÈNE
I saw magnificent preparations, and I can no longer permit this Dorante. Yes, I finally want to end your extravagances and to stop all these expenses that I see you go to for me, I have decided to marry you right away. This is the truth of it, that all these sorts of things end with marriage, as you know.

DORANTE
Ah! Madame, is it possible that you should have taken such a sweet decision in my favor?

DORIMÈNE
It is only to impede you from ruining yourself; without that, I see very well that before long you would not have a penny.

DORANTE
How obliged I am to you, Madame, for the care you have to conserve my money! It is entirely yours, as well as my heart, and you may use them in whatever fashion you please.

DORIMÈNE
I'll make use of them both. But here is your man: his costume is wonderful.