Tartuffe Act 5, Scene 5 Summary & Analysis

Madame Pernelle now believes Tartuffe’s treachery and, as Orgon was before, is “thunderstruck.” Dorine reacts sarcastically. Orgon scolds her, but Cléante and Elmire intervene and urge the patriarch to decide on a course of action.
Like her son, Madame Pernelle had to actually see evidence of Tartuffe’s deception in order to believe it for herself. Orgon once again reacts emotionally (scolding Dorine) rather than planning rationally for what to do next.
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