The young baroness was after the death of her husband in very cramped circumstances. Therefore, she is forced to encourage courtship of a little sympathetic and distant from her circle, the businessman Türkare, who is in love with her and promises to marry. It’s not entirely clear how far their relationship went, but the fact that the baroness has become practically the content of Türkar: he pays her bills, makes expensive gifts and always appears at her house. By the way, all the action of the comedy takes place in the boudoir of the Baroness. The very same beauty has a passion for the young aristocrat chevalier, without a twinge of conscience squander money. The maid Baroness Marina is going through because of the proprietorship of the mistress and is afraid that Turkar, having learned the truth, will deprive the baroness of any support.
With this quarrel with her maidservant, the play begins. The Baroness admits Marina’s arguments are correct, she promises to break with the Chevalier, but her resolve is short-lived. As soon as the chevalier Fronten arrives in the boudoir with a tearful letter from the owner, in which the next large loss is announced on the cards, the baroness gasps, melts and gives away the last – the diamond ring that was recently donated to Türkare. “Lay it down and rescue your master,” she punishes. Marina is desperate from such cowardice. Fortunately, a servant Türkare appears with a new gift – this time the businessman sent a bill for ten thousand crowns, and with it the clumsy poems of his own work. Soon he is on a visit, during which the Baroness, who is favorably listening to him, spreads about his feelings. After his departure, the Chevalier with Fronten appeared in the boudoir. Marina lets out a few stern phrases in their address, after which the baroness does not stand up and dismisses her. She indignantly leaves the house, noticing that everything will tell “Mr. Türkar”. The Baroness, however, is confident that she will be able to convince Türkare of anything. She gives the Chevalier a bill so that he can receive money from him quickly and buy back the ring.
Left alone, the clever footman, Frontin philosophically observes: “Here it is, life!” We take off the coquette, pull the coquette from the farmer, and the farmer robs everyone who comes to hand. “Circular fraud is fun, and only!”
Since the loss was just an invention and the ring was not laid, the Fronton quickly returns it to the Baroness. This is very useful, since in the boudoir soon appears angry Turkar. Marina told him how arrogant the baroness uses his money and gifts. Crazed, the farmer shatters the expensive porcelain and mirrors in the bedroom. However, the baroness retains complete self-control and arrogantly parries all reproaches. She attributes the “slander”, erected by Marina, to the fact that she was expelled from the house. At the end, it shows a thin ring, which is supposedly given to the Chevalier, and here Türkara is completely disarmed. He mutters an apology, promises to reinvent the bedroom and again swears in his passionate love. In addition, the baroness takes from him the word to change his footman to the frontier – servant chevalier. By the way, the latter she gives out for her cousin. Such a plan was drawn up in advance with the Chevalier, so that it would be more convenient to lure money from the tax-payer. Marina is replaced by a new pretty maid Lisette, Fronten’s bride and, like him, a decent cheat. This couple is persuaded to please the owners more and wait for their time.
Wanting to make amends, Türkare buys the baroness with new services and mirrors. In addition, he informs her that he has already purchased a site to build a “wonderful mansion” for the beloved. “I will rebuild it at least ten times, but I will achieve that everything was for me,” he says with pride. At this time in the salon there is another guest – a young Marquis, a friend chevalier. This meeting is unpleasant for Türkare – the fact is that once he served as a lackey for the grandfather of the marquis, and recently shamelessly blew his grandson, which he immediately tells the baroness: “I warn you, this is a real buckler.” He values his silver in gold. ” Noticing the ring on the finger of the Baroness, the Marquis recognizes in it his family ring, which deftly appropriated Türkar. After the departure of the Marquis, the farmer clumsily excuses himself, that he can not lend money “for nothing”. Then, from the conversation with the assistant Türkare, who is being conducted right in the boudoir of the Baroness – she tactfully goes out for such a case – it becomes clear that the farmer is engaged in large speculations, takes bribes and distributes...
Two arseholes, the Chevalier and the Marquis, discuss their heartfelt victories. The Marquis tells of a certain countess from the provinces – albeit not of the first youth and not of dazzling beauty, but of a cheerful disposition and willingly giving him his caresses. Interested chevalier advises a friend to come with this lady in the evening for a dinner party to the baroness. Then follows the scene of another luring of money from Türkar in a way invented by the cunning Fronten. The farmer frankly plays, which he does not even suspect. A small official, who pretends to be a bailiff sent by Fronten, presents a document stating that the baroness owes ten thousand livres for the obligations of her deceased husband. The Baroness, playing along, portrays first confusion, and then despair. The upset Türkar can not help but come to her. He drives out the “bailiff”, promising to take all the debts. When Türkar leaves the room, the Baroness hesitantly observes that she is beginning to feel remorse. Lisette warmly calms her: “First you need to ruin the rich man, and then you can repent.” Worse, if you have to repent of having missed such a case! “
Soon, Mrs. Jacob, recommended by a friend of the baroness, comes to the salon. Between the case she tells that she is brought by the sister of the rich Turkar, but this “geek” does not help her at all – as, incidentally, her own wife, who was sent to the provinces. “This old cock always ran after every skirt,” the merchant continues, “I do not know who he contacted now, but he always has some ladies who rob him and blow him up… And this blunt one promises to marry.”
The Baroness is struck by the thunder heard. She decides to break with Türkar. “Yes, but not earlier than you will ruin it,” Lisette said. By dinner, the first guests are the Marquis with a thick “countess”, who in fact is not someone other than Ms. Türkare. The simple-minded countess paints with importantness what a splendid life of the eye she has in her provinces, without noticing the murderous ridicule with which the baroness and the marquis comment on her speeches. Even Lisette does not deny herself the pleasure of inserting a nitpick into this chatter, like: “Yes, this is a real gallantry school for the whole of Lower Normandy.” The conversation is interrupted by the arrival of the Chevalier. He finds out in the “Countess” a lady who attacked him with her courtesies and even sent her portrait. The Marquis, upon learning of this,
He is avenged in the very near future. First, a merchant appears in the salon of Monsieur Jacob, followed by Türkar. All three of the next of kin collide with each other with a rough abuse – to the pleasure of the aristocrats present. At this time, the servant reports that Türkara is urgently summoned by his companions. Then the Front announced a disaster – his master was arrested, and in his house everything was confiscated and sealed on the tip of creditors. A bill of ten thousand crowns, issued by the Baroness, also disappeared, since the Chevalier had instructed Frontene to take him to the money-changer, and the lackey had not had time to do it… Chevalier in desperation-he was left without means and the usual source of income. The Baroness is also in despair – she was not just ruined, she was still convinced that the chevalier was deceiving her: he assured that he had bought the money from him and on them… Former lovers parted very coldly. Perhaps the Marquis of the Chevalier will be comforted at dinner in the restaurant, where they go together.
In the win is one quick Front. He explains Lisette in the final, how deceitfully deceived everyone. After all, the bearer bill remained with him, and he had already exchanged it. Now he has decent capital, and she and Lisette can get married. “We are with you a lot of kids,” he promises to the girl, “and they’ll be honest people.”
However, this complacent phrase is followed by the last replica of the comedy, very ominous, which is uttered by the same Fronten: “So, the kingdom of Türkar is over, begins my!”