Tartuffe, or The Hypocrite
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.
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
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): Molière. Tartuffe, 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.