In this monologue, Elmire is speaking to her husband, Orgon. She has instructed Orgon to hide under the table so that he may see that Tartuffe has been trying to seduce her. Here, she tells Orgon that she will appear to be falling for Tartuffe's seduction, but only to prove to Orgon that Tartuffe is not the man Orgon believes him to be. She tells Orgon that once he is convinced of Tartfuffe's nature, it is up to him to stop the scene.
Prior to this monologue, Elmire has hidden her husband under the table in order to prove to him that Tartuffe, the man Orgon believes to be his most trusted spiritual adviser, is in fact a con-artist who has been trying to seduce Elmire. In this monologue, Elmire is speaking to Tartuffe. She tells him how upset she was when Damis tried to out Tartuffe to Orgon and how she lusts after Tartuffe in return. In trying to convince Tartuffe of her feelings for him, she explains that a woman must first deny a man that she loves and that she would not have tried to stop the marriage between he and Mariane if she did not want Tartuffe for herself.
In this monologue, Elmire tells her husband that it is silly to make a big deal out of sexual advances from other men. She states that denying them in a cool manner is enough.
AuthorName: Jean-Baptiste Moliere
Age Range: 30s - Late, 40s - Early, 40s - Late
Dialects: Standard American, Standard English
Rating: Suitable for all ages
Copyright Status: Public domain