Tartuffe

Dorine Character Analysis

Despite being a lowly servant girl, Dorine, along with Cléante, is one of the most rational and intelligent characters in the play. Sharp-tongued and quick-witted, she never hesitates to speak out against Tartuffe, even though Orgon eventually attempts to strike her for her words. She, too, eventually aids in the family plot against Tartuffe.

Dorine Quotes in Tartuffe

The Tartuffe quotes below are all either spoken by Dorine or refer to Dorine. 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:
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). 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

But he’s quite lost his senses since he fell
Beneath Tartuffe’s infatuating spell
He calls him brother, and loves him as his life
Preferring him to mother, child, or wife.

Related Characters: Dorine (speaker), Tartuffe, Orgon
Page Number: 18
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Act 1, Scene 4 Quotes

Orgon: Has all been well, these two days I’ve been gone?
How are the family? What’s been going on?

Dorine: Your wife, two days ago, had a bad fever
And a fierce headache which refused to leave her

Orgon: Ah. And Tartuffe?

Dorine: Tartuffe: Why, he’s round and red,
Bursting with health, and excellently fed.

Orgon: Poor fellow!

Related Characters: Orgon (speaker), Dorine (speaker), Tartuffe, Elmire
Page Number: 21
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Act 2, Scene 2 Quotes

Orgon: Poor though he is, he’s a gentleman just the same.

Dorine: Yes, so he tells us; and, Sir, it seems to me
Such pride goes very ill with piety.
A man whose spirit spurns this dungy earth
Ought not to brag of lands and noble birth;
Such worldly arrogance will hardly square
With meek devotion and the life of prayer.

Related Characters: Orgon (speaker), Dorine (speaker), Tartuffe
Page Number: 44
Explanation and Analysis:

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Act 2, Scene 3 Quotes

Dorine: Faced with a fate so hideous and absurd,
Can you not utter one dissenting word?

Mariane: What good would it do? A father’s power is great.

Related Characters: Dorine (speaker), Mariane (speaker), Tartuffe, Orgon
Page Number: 52
Explanation and Analysis:

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Act 3, Scene 2 Quotes

Tartuffe: Hang up my hair-shirt, put my scourges in place,
And pray, Laurent, for Heaven’s perpetual grace.
I’m going to the prison now, to share
My last few coins with the poor wretches there.
Dorine: Dear God, what affectation! What a fake!

Related Characters: Tartuffe (speaker), Dorine (speaker)
Page Number: 82
Explanation and Analysis:

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Dorine Character Timeline in Tartuffe

The timeline below shows where the character Dorine appears in Tartuffe. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 1
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...attempt to tell Madame Pernelle about the religious tyranny that he inflicts upon their household. Dorine is especially harsh in her criticism of him, saying that he has “usurp[ed]” Orgon’s place... (full context)
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...Elmire; Madame Pernelle believes such ostentatiously moral people to be truly virtuous, while Cléante and Dorine assert that they are hypocrites like Tartuffe, using excessive shows of faith to mask their... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 2
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Dorine and Cléante stay behind in order to avoid Madame Pernelle. They discuss their frustrations with... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 3
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Hearing Orgon, all exit except for Cléante and Dorine. (full context)
Act 1, Scene 4
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...and Cléante attempts to greet him. Orgon, however, interrupts his brother-in-law in order to ask Dorine how the household has fared in his absence. Although the servant girl attempts to tell... (full context)
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Sarcastically, Dorine takes her leave, telling Orgon that she will let Elmire know how worried her husband... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 2
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Dorine, who has clearly been eavesdropping, interrupts an angered Orgon and begins to mock him, saying... (full context)
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As Orgon attempts again and again to speak to Mariane, Dorine interrupts him at every turn. When she criticizes Tartuffe’s hypocrisy and low social status, Orgon... (full context)
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Dorine goes so far as to suggest that, should Mariane be forced to marry Tartuffe, she... (full context)
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...Orgon once again tries to persuade his daughter of the benefits of marriage to Tartuffe, Dorine interjects again and again, saying that she does so only because of her love for... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 3
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Dorine scolds Mariane for her inability to stand up to Orgon. Mariane responds that a daughter... (full context)
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As Dorine continues to question her, Mariane claims that she will kill herself if she must marry... (full context)
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Mariane begs Dorine to help her avoid marriage to Tartuffe, but the servant refuses. When Mariane in turn... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 4
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...Mariane retorting that he should find another lady who will love him as he deserves. Dorine watches, equally amused and appalled. (full context)
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...actually leaving); Mariane, in turn, stubbornly agrees with him. As Valère reluctantly goes to leave, Dorine at last steps in, physically pulling the lovers towards each other and telling them that... (full context)
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After a scene during which Dorine comically runs back and forth between Valère and Mariane in order to keep them from... (full context)
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Heartened by Dorine’s words, Valère and Mariane pledge their undying love to each other. Dorine, exasperated by the... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 1
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...just heard of Orgon’s plan to marry Mariane to Tartuffe, enters in a fury as Dorine tries to calm him down, urging him not to give in to emotion. Dorine reminds... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 2
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Tartuffe enters, and upon seeing Dorine, calls offstage for his “hair-shirt” and “scourge”—tools that particularly religious men would use to harm... (full context)
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Tartuffe gives Dorine a handkerchief and urges her to cover her chest with it lest she inspire impure... (full context)
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Insulted, Tartuffe tells Dorine that he will leave, but when Dorine tells him that Elmire is on her way... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 2
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As soon as Tartuffe exits, Elmire, Mariane, and Dorine enter, and Dorine begs Cléante’s assistance, telling him that Mariane’s heart will break if she... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 3
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Dorine and Cléante each try to intervene, but Orgon will not even let them speak. (full context)
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Elmire asks Dorine to bring in Tartuffe, while sending away Cléante and Mariane. Although Dorine warns her mistress... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 3
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The women enter: Madame Pernelle, Mariane, Elmire, and Dorine. Orgon’s mother says that she has heard “strange tales of very strange events.” Orgon tells... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 4
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...that he will give the family until the morning to leave. Orgon, Damis, and even Dorine are furious, threatening Loyal with bodily harm. Cléante attempts to maintain order as Loyal exits. (full context)
Act 5, Scene 6
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...him, Tartuffe remains implacable and self-satisfied, claiming that he wishes only to serve his King. Dorine marvels that Tartuffe can pervert such a sacred symbol and use it for his own... (full context)