No, I tell you. You've made it very well. Do you
think the suit is going to look good on me?
What a question! I defy a painter with his brush to do
anything that would fit you better. I have a worker in my place who is
the greatest genius in the world at mounting a rhinegrave, and another
who is the hero of the age at assembling a doublet.
The perruque and the plumes: are they correct?
Wait. That's not the way it's done. I have brought men
to dress you in a cadence; these kinds of suits are put on with ceremony.
Hey there! Come in, you! Put this suit on the gentleman the way you do
with people of quality.
(Four APPRENTICE TAILORS enter, two of them pull off Monsieur
Jourdain's breeches made for his morning exercises, and two others
pull off his waistcoat; then they put on his new suit; Monsieur
Jourdain promenades among them and shows them his suit for their approval.
All this to the cadence of instrumental music.)
My dear gentleman, please to give the apprentices
a small tip.
My dear gentleman! That's what it is to dress like
people of quality! Go all your life dressed like a bourgeois and they'll
never call you "My dear gentleman." Here, take this for the "My dear gentleman."
My Lord, we are very much obliged to you.
"My Lord!" Oh! Oh! "My Lord!" Wait, my friend. "My
Lord" deserves something, and it's not a little word, this "My Lord." Take
this. That's what "My Lord" gives you.
My Lord, we will drink to the health of Your Grace.
"Your Grace!" Oh! Oh! Oh! Wait, don't go. To me,
"Your Grace!" My faith, if he goes as far as "Highness," he will have all
my purse. Wait. That's for "My Grace."
My Lord, we thank you very humbly for your liberality.
He did well, I was going to give him everything.
(The four Apprentice Tailors celebrate with a dance, which comprises
the Second Interlude.)