Tartuffe, a hyprocrite and manipulator, has wormed his way into Orgon’s house by posing as a holy and devout men. Now, Orgon, totally taken in by Tartuffe’s performance, wants his daughter, Mariane, to marry Tartuffe against her will. In this speech, Mariane’s maid, Dorine, who sees through Tartfuffe, mocks the idea of the marriage…

It’s a most suitable match. Mr Tartuffe! Ha! Ha! It’s not an offer to be despised, is it? Come to think of it Mr Tartuffe’s a fine fellow. It’s no small honour to be his better half. Everybody defers to him already. He’s a man of family – where he comes from – and a fine looking fellow to boot – with his red ears and his red face. You would be sure to live happily with a husband like that. […]
No, a daughter must do as her father tells her even if he wants her to marry a monkey. You are very lucky. What are you complaining of? You’ll be carried off to his little provincial town, and find it swarming with his relations. What fun you’ll have meeting them all! You’ll be taken straight into local society, visit the bailiff’s wife and the councillor’s lady, and they’ll accord you the honour of letting you sit down with them as an equal, perhaps! In carnival time you’ll be able to look forward to a ball with a grand orchestra, to wit a couple of bagpipes, and now and then Fagotin the monkey, and a marionette show.