Rating: Suitable for all ages
Copyright Status: Public domain
Age Range: 30s - Early, 30s - Late, 40s - Early, 40s - Late
Dialects: Standard American, Standard English
In this monologue, Tartuffe, Orgon's most trusted spiritual adviser, tells Orgon's wife, Elmire, that he is not an angel and very much lusts after her. He tells her that if they were to have an affair, she needn't worry that the scandal would go public because he knows how to hold his tongue.
Prior to this monologue, Tartuffe proposed to Orgon's wife that they have an affair. Damis, who was hiding in the closet, heard the whole thing and told Orgon what Tartuffe did. In this monologue, Tartuffe speaks first to Orgon and then to Damis. He piously tells Orgon that he is indeed a sinful creature and will gladly take on the burden of any accusation that comes his way. He tells Damis not only to accuse him of trying to seduce Orgon's wife, but treason, theft, and homicide as well.
In this monologue, Tartuffe, Orgon's most trusted spiritual adviser, tells Orgon's wife that being near her beauty is like being near God. Therefore his love/lust for her is right in the eyes of God. He ends the monologue by putting his happiness in her hands.
AuthorName: Jean-Baptiste Moliere
In this monologue, Tartuffe tells Elmire that he knows how to make any action okay in the eyes of God. He justifies that if they have an affair, that he will take on the sin and her soul will be unmarked by it.
In trying to trick him, Elmire has just told Tartuffe that she lusts after him in return and that is why she doesn't want Tartuffe to marry Mariane. In this monologue, Tartuffe tells Elmire that while her words are sweet to hear, he cannot believe her until she has performed an act that confirms her lustful feelings for him.