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Tartuffe
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Molière

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SCENE III
(DORINE, MARIANE)

DORINE 
Have you entirely lost your voice and heart?
Why must I continue playing your part?
To think you allow such a mad proposal
Without voicing even a meek refusal!

MARIANE 
How can I resist such a harsh patriarch?

DORINE 
By any means!  Don't be an easy mark!

MARIANE 
But how?

DORINE               
Tell him you can't love on command,
That you marry for yourself, not by demand,
And since you are most concerned in these affairs
You'll choose for yourself the sire of his heirs,
And that, if Tartuffe is so charming to him,
He can wed him himself--if that's his whim.

MARIANE 
A father, I'm sure, has absolute power;
Before him I can only cringe and cower.

DORINE 
Use your head. Valere wants to tie the knot.
Do you really love him, I ask--or not?
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