(ELMIRE, MARIANE, DAMIS, CLEANTE, DORINE)
ELMIRE [to CLEANTE]
You should be glad you missed the dreadful chore
Of attending her lecture beside the door--
Here comes my spouse! Since he doesn't see me,
I'm going upstairs to rest quietly.
Then I'll remain with no pleasure on my part
To tell him hello and then quickly depart.
Ask him about the marriage of Mariane.
I think Tartuffe will oppose it if he can,
For he sets up so many prerequisites,
And you know what an interest I take in it.
The heat that inflames my sister and Valere
Has made his sweet sister so very dear
To me that if . . .
Shh, he's here.