Finally Faust and Margaret talk for the first time and
they confess their love. Just for fun Mephistopheles starts
to flirt with Martha. The insinuation of the both becomes
clearer and clearer, especially when Martha starts to
talk about marriage. Although Mephistopheles avoids to
respond with words to any of these insinuations. In contrary
to Margaret, who hates Mephistopheles, Martha feels sympathy
for him, which emphasises the difference between the two
Mephistopheles calls her Kupplerin, or matchmaker. If
the author wanted to be Mephistopheles, he would say that
she has a good sense of practicality. And Margaret is
a bit complicated. How Goethe has seen it, we don't know.
But we know that he lived for a certain time with Christiane
Vulpius without being married with her. This is, what
made Charlotte von Stein so upset, or one could say that
Charlotte von Stein seemed to him a bit complicated, too.