MADELON. O Heaven! what insolence!
LAGRANGE. But they shall not have the advantage of our clothes to dazzle your eyes. If you are determined to love them, it shall be for their handsome looks only. Quick, strip them immediately.
JODELET. Adieu to all our fine clothes.
MASCARILLE. There go the marquisate and viscountship!
DU CROISY. Ah! ah! you knaves, you have the impudence to become our rivals. I assure you, you must borrow elsewhere to make yourselves agreeable to your mistresses.
LA GRANGE. It is too much--to supplant us, and with our own clothes.
MASCARILLE. O Fortune, how fickle you are!
DU CROISY. Quick, strip them to the last rag!
LA GRANGE. Hurry now and take away all these clothes. Now mesdames, in their present condition you may continue your amours with them as long as you please. We leave you perfectly free, and this gentleman and I solemnly declare that we shall not be the least bit jealous.
[ LA GRANGE, DU CROISY, and their men leave.]
CATHOS. Ah, what confusion!
MADELON. I am bursting with vexation.
FIRST FIDDLER [to MASCARILLE]. What is the meaning of this? Who is to pay us?
MASCARILLE. Ask monsieur the Viscount.
FIRST FIDDLER [to JODELET]. Who is to give us our money?
JODELET. Ask monsieur the Marquis.
GORGIBUS [coming in]. Ah! you hussies, you have us in a nice fix from what I hear! I've been told about your fine goings-on from those two gentlemen who just left.
MADELON. Ah, father! they have played us a cruel trick.
GORGIBUS. Yes, it is a cruel trick, but you may thank your own impertinence for it, you jades. They have revenged themselves for the way you treated them, and yet, unhappy man that I am, I must put up with the affront.
MADELON. Ah! I swear we will be avenged, or I shall die in the attempt. And you, rascals, dare you remain here after your insolence?
MASCARILLE. Do you treat a marquis in this manner? This is the way of the world! The least misfortune causes us to be slighted by those who earlier caressed us. Come along, comrade, let us go and seek our for-