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Tartuffe
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Molière

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Tartuffe, or The Hypocrite
by Molière1

A comic play first performed in 1665; published in French in 1669.
Tartuffe, a pious-seeming scoundrel, worms his way into the home of Orgon to minister to the wealthy man and nearly ruins him before Orgon's wife exposes the scoundrel.

 
Characters

MADAME PERNELLE, Orgon's mother--(the mother-in-law)
ORGON, Elmire's husband--(the dupe)
ELMIRE, Orgon's wife
DAMIS, Orgon's son, Elmire's stepson--(the hot-headed youth)
MARIANE, Orgon's daughter, Elmire's stepdaughter, and Valere's lover--(the ingenue)
CLEANTE, Orgon's brother-in-law--(the raisonneur)
TARTUFFE, the hypocrite
DORINE, Mariane's maid--(the impertinent maid)
MONSIEUR LOYAL, a bailiff
POLICE OFFICER
FLIPOTE, Madame Pernelle's servant
LAURENT, Tartuffe's servant


1 Stage name for Jeap-Baptiste Poquelin.

PORTRAIT: Molière by Charles Antoine Coypel (1730).
CITATION INFORMATION (in MLA format): MolièreTartuffe, or The Hypocrite. Translated by Jeffrey D. Hoeper. Gleeditions, 17 July 2011, www.gleeditions.com/tartuffe/students/toc.asp?lid=206. Originally published as Tartuffe or the Hypocrite, by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Molière, Project Gutenberg, 2008, www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/2027/pg2027-images.html.
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