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Level 2

The imaginary invalid

An adaptation of Molière’s play


Cléante, Angélique’s lover, knocks on the door.

CLÉANTE: “Say it is the new music teacher.”

TOINETTE: “Good idea!”

ARGAN: “My doctor’s orders: walk back and forth to my room 12 times.”

TOINETTE: “Sir, there is a…”

ARGAN: “Shhh! Quietly.”

TOINETTE: “Sir, psstsss…”

ARGAN: “What?”

TOINETTE: “I am saying: psstssspss…”

ARGAN: “What are you saying?”

TOINETTE, yells: “A man wants to talk to you!”

ARGAN: “Yes!”

CLÉANTE: “Sir, I am replacing the music teacher.”

ARGAN: “All right.”

CLÉANTE: “A shepherd loves a shepherdess.”

CLÉANTE: “The shepherd suffers.”

TOINETTE: “This is Mr. Diafoirus and his son.”

M. DIAFOIRUS: “Sir, we are here to ask your daughter in marriage.”

THOMAS: “Miss, I offer you, my heart.”

TOINETTE:  “Is he also a good doctor?”

ARGAN: “My daughter, take Thomas’ hand.”

ANGÉLIQUE: “Please, Father, take it easy.”

ARGAN: “After the wedding!”

ANGÉLIQUE: “Not a marriage without love.”

She leaves.

ARGAN: “Mister Diagoirus, how is my health?”

M. DIAFOIRUS: “The problem is the spleen.”

ARGAN: “My doctor says it is the liver.”

M. DIAFOIRUS: “It goes together.”

M. DIAFOIRUS: “Roasted food?”

ARGAN: “No, boiled food.”

M. DIAFOIRUS: “Yes: roasted, boiled, same thing.”