Tartuffe

Tartuffe Act 4, Scene 6 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Appalled, Orgon comes out of hiding, but Elmire (despite signaling him moments before) tells him to go back under the table, telling him that she must convince him further and urging him not to be “hasty” in making his judgment. As Tartuffe re-enters, Elmire hides her husband behind her skirts.
Even though she has finally convinced Orgon of her side of the story, Elmire is still attempting to teach her husband how to be thoughtful and rational. At the same time, Orgon hidden behind Elmire’s skirts while Tartuffe attempts to seduce her is also just plain funny.
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