MASCARILLE. He is my best friend.
MADELON. Show him in at once.
MASCARILLE. We have not seen each other for some time; I am delighted at this chance.
CATHOS. Here he comes.
MASCARILLE. Ah, Viscount!
JODELET [as they embrace each other]. Ah, Marquis!
MASCARILLE. How glad I am to see you!
JODELET. How happy I am to see you here.
MASCARILLE. Embrace me once more, I pray you.
MADELON [to CATHOS]. My dearest, we begin to be known. People of fashion find the way to our house.
MASCARILLE. Mesdames, allow me to introduce this nobleman to you. Upon my word, he deserves the honor of your acquaintance.
JODELET. It is only right we should come and pay you our respects. Your charms demand their lordly rights from people of all ranks.
MADELON. You carry your civilities to the utmost limits of flattery.
CATHOS. This day ought to be marked in our diary as a red-letter day.
MADELON [to ALMANZOR]. Come, boy, must you always be told things over and over again? Do you not observe there must be an additional chair?
MASCARILLE. You must not be astonished to see the Viscount thus. He has but just recovered from an illness, which, as you perceive, has made him so pale.
JODELET. The consequence of continual attendance at Court and the fatigues of war.
MASCARILLE. Do you know, mesdames, that in the Viscount you behold one of the heroes of our age. He is one of the bravest of the brave.
JODELET. Marquis, you are in no way inferior to me. We know what you can do.
MASCARILLE. It is true we have seen one another in action.
JODELET. And in places where it was hot.
MASCARILLE [looking at CATHOSand MADELON]. Ay, but not so hot as here. Ha, ha, ha!
JODELET. We became acquainted in the army, and the first time we saw each other he commanded a regiment of horse aboard the galleys of Malta.
MASCARILLE. True, but for all that you were in the service before me. I was but a young lieutenant when you commanded two thousand horse.