Unlike many other characters in the play, Madame Pernelle, the grating, scolding mother of Orgon, holds Tartuffe in the highest esteem. At the beginning of the play, she berates her husband’s family for their supposed faults, all while singing the praises of Tartuffe. Like Orgon, she too is shocked when Tartuffe’s true hypocrisy is revealed.
Madame Pernelle Quotes in Tartuffe
The Tartuffe quotes below are all either spoken by Madame Pernelle or refer to Madame Pernelle. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Harvest Books edition of Tartuffe published in 1992.).
Act 1, Scene 1 Quotes
Damis: Your man Tartuffe is full of holy speeches…
Madame Pernelle: And practices precisely what he preaches.
Madame Pernelle Character Timeline in Tartuffe
The timeline below shows where the character Madame Pernelle appears in Tartuffe. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 1
...pious people they know, particularly citing a supposedly pious neighbor who often gossips about Elmire; Madame Pernelle believes such ostentatiously moral people to be truly virtuous, while Cléante and Dorine assert that... (full context)
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Act 5, Scene 5