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Monsieur Loyal in Tartuffe

Monsieur Loyal

Monsieur Loyal is a bearer of bad news and a lackey for Tartuffe. Which makes sense: he's just as much of a hypocrite as his master. After serving Orgon with an eviction notice on behalf of "the good Monsieur Tartuffe," he claims to "love all men of upright character" (5.4.18, 26). Either he's a dunce or he's devious, and, judging by the condescending way he treats Damis and Dorine – he threatens to throw her in jail for talking back to him – we have to think he's the latter.