A Comedy In One Act by Jean Baptiste Poquelin Molière
GORGIBUS--a substantial middle-class citizen.
MADELON--his socially-pretentious daughter.
CATHOS--her equally pretentious cousin.
The MARQUIS DE MASCARILLE--who pays them a call.
The VISCOUNT JODELET--who also comes to see them.
MAROTTE--the maid to the pretentious young women.
ALMANZOR, the footman, NEIGHBORS, and FIDDLERS.
Time: the mid- seventeenth century in France.
Place: the bourgeois home of Gorgibus in Paris.
SCENE. The groundfloor great-hall of GORGIBUS' house. As the play opens, LA GRANGEand DU CROISYhave just come down from the upstairs drawing room and are on their way to the street door.
DU CROISY. My worthy La Grange!
LA GRANGE. What now?
DU CROISY. Just look at me without laughing.
LA GRANGE. Well?
DU CROISY. What do you think of our visit? Are you satisfied with it?
LA GRANGE. Do you think either of us has any reason to be?
DU CROISY. Not at all, to tell you the truth.
LA GRANGE. As for me, I must say that I was quite put out about it. Say now, did ever anybody see a couple of country wenches giving themselves more ridiculous airs, or two men treated with more contempt than we were? They could hardly make up their mind to order chairs for us. I never saw such whispering as went on between them, such yawning, such rubbing of the eyes, and asking so often what time it was. Did they answer anything but "yes," or "no," to what we said to them? In short,