In this monologue, Cleante chastises his brother-in-law for being such an extremist. He tells him that just because he was duped by one man claiming to be holy does not mean that he should be distrustful of all men of God.
In this monologue, Cleante tells Orgon that he finds nothing more beautiful than a person who is truly devout. However, he thinks it an abomination for a person to pretend to be devout so that they might get others to follow their agenda. He tells Orgon that he believes Tartuffe is a man who is not concerned with religion, but rather with his own wants and desires.
Prior to this monologue, Orgon tells Cleante that his soul must be tainted because he questions Tartuffe's pious nature. In this monologue, Cleante tells Orgon that he is not an atheist just because he can see Tartuffe's corrupt nature. He then points out that Orgon makes no distinction between people who are good and people who are merely pretending to be good.
Rating: Suitable for all ages
Copyright Status: Public domain
Age Range: 30s - Early, 30s - Late, 40s - Early, 40s - Late
Dialects: Standard American, Standard English
AuthorName: Jean-Baptiste Moliere