Georgette. But how has he got such a fancy in his head?
Alain. Because because he is jealous.
Georgette. Yes; but wherefore is he so? and why this anger?
Alain. Because jealousy understand me, Georgette, jealousy is a thing a thing which makes people uneasy and which drives folk all round the house. I am going to give you an example, so that you may understand the thing better. Tell me, is it not true that, when you have your broth in your hand, and some hungry person comes up to eat it, you would be in a rage, and be ready to beat him?
Georgette. Yes, I understand that.
Alain. It is just the same. Woman is in fact the broth of man; and when a man sees other folks sometimes, trying to dip their fingers in his broth, he soon displays extreme anger at it.
Georgette. Yes; but why does not every one do the same? Why do we see some who appear to be pleased when their wives are with handsome fine gentlemen?
Alain. Because every one has not the greedy love which will give nothing away.
Georgette. If I am not blind, I see him returning.
Alain. Your eyes are good; it is he.
Georgette. See how vexed he is.
Alain. That is because he is in trouble.
Scene IV.Arnolphe, Algeorgette.
Arnolphe(aside). A certain Greek told the Emperor Augustus, as an axiom as useful as it was true, that when any accident puts us in a rage, we should, first of all, repeat the alphabet; so that in the interval our anger may abate, and we may do nothing that we ought not to do. I have followed his advice in the matter of Agnès; and I have brought her here designedly, under pretence of taking a walk, so that the suspicions of my disordered mind may cunningly lead her to the topic, and, by sounding her heart, gently find out the truth.
Scene V.Arnolphe, Agnès, Alain, Georgette.
Arnolphe. Come, Agnès. (To Alain and Georgette.) Get you in.
Scene VI.Arnolphe, Agnès.
Arnolphe. This is a nice walk.
Agnès. Very nice.
Arnolphe. What a fine day.
Agnès. Very fine.
Arnolphe. What news?
Agnès. The kitten is dead.