With its tacky furniture, Harpagon’s house is an entirely inappropriate home for a wealthy businessman. As a member of the upper class, Harpagon is expected to maintain a comfortable house in which he and his children enjoy a comfortable lifestyle. However, his children are humiliated whenever friends visit their house, and guests are shocked to see Harpagon beat his cook, Master Jacques, for spending too much money on food. Harpagon thinks that he can impress guests by serving them sparse and unappetizing meals. The shabbiness of his house, with its extremely old and dilapidated furnishings, exemplifies his moral insensitivity and his complete indifference to his children’s feelings.