When comparing the aftermath of the crimes, the two works differ in the shared theme, regret. In "Confessions" Rousseau does lie when asked if he stole the ribbon, but Rousseau is constantly haunted with this crime throughout his life. "There ended the serenity of my childish life. From that moment I never again enjoyed pure happiness. " Rousseau is feeling so guilty of small rime he committed as a child he writes an entire confession, this greatly differs from Tartuffe.
When Tartuffe is handcuffed by the officer, Tartuffe displays the same hypocritical attitude that was evident throughout the play. The last words of Tartuffe, "To prison? This can't be true! " sum up perfectly the zero regret that Tartuffe shows even though he knows he has been caught. If looking the two works as a whole based solely on regret there is clear distinction. Rousseau, a child, committed a crime that he Is obviously regretful about. Then there Is Tartuffe, where there is no sign of regret and deserves to be imprisoned forever.