Reflection 24

La Bruyère is criticizing Molière's Tartuffe on grounds of truthfulness; this, he says, is how a hypocrite really behaves. But apart from the obvious fact that Molière was writing for comic theatrical effect, hypocrisy had altered its manners considerably between 1664 and 1691.

Note from Of Fashion, the thirteenth chapter of 'Characters' by Jean De La Bruyère (1688)

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