Morning at Famusov’s house. Arrival of Chatsky. Sophia’s coldness towards him. The conversation between Famusov and Chatsky. The monologue of Famusov about Uncle Maxim Petrovich. Visit Skalozub. Monologue of Chatsky about serfdom. The fall of Molchalin from the horse. Ball in the house of Famusov. Attitude of the guests to the gossip about the madness of Chatsky. The unsuccessful meeting between Sophia and Molchalin, which was prevented by Chatsky. Check out Chatsky from Moscow. The main characters:
Pavel Afanasevich Famusov – the manager in a public place.
Sophia is his daughter.
Lisa is a servant.
Alexei Stepanovich Molchalin – Secretary Famusov, who lives in his house.
Alexander Andreevich Chatsky.
Sergei Sergeevich Skalozub – Colonel.
Spouses Natalia Dmitrievna and Platon Gorichi.
Prince Tugoukhovsky, his wife and six daughters.
Countess-grandmother and grand daughter of the Countess.
Anton Antonovich Zagoretsky.
Khlestov is the sister-in-law of Famusov.
The action takes place in Moscow, in the house of Famusov.
In the morning Lisa wakes up in the living room, in the armchair. She kept watch all night so that no one would find Sophia and Molchalin alone during their meeting. Famusov appears in the doorway with Molchalin, who recommends “to choose walks far away”, because he is firmly convinced that the one who is poor is not his daughter’s pair.
Liza, in conversation with Sophia, remembers Chatsky, with whom she was brought up together and who left to wander about three years ago. The incoming servant reports on the arrival of Chatsky.
Chatsky appears. He tries to convince Sophia that he rode nearly seven hundred miles without rest only to see it. He asks about common acquaintances, then he talks about Russian upbringing and education. Sophia is recognized in love.
Famusov meanwhile tries to guess whether he is in love with Molchalin or Chatsky. He asks Chatsky whether he thinks of
marrying Sophia, advising him first to serve. Then he talks about his uncle Maxim Petrovich, who achieved a high position in society and made a brilliant career with the help of constantly pleasing his superiors and ingratiated at the court. He served under the empress Catherine, and one day during the reception in the palace fell, as a result of which he was “greeted with the highest smile.” In response, Maxim Petrovich fell on purpose, and then in exactly the same way for the third time. But Chatsky objects to Famusov, condemning such behavior.
Famusov is visited by Colonel Skalozub, to whom the owner is very happy. Famusov tries to talk with the guest about his relatives, about his brother, but Skalozub is only able to talk about the service.
It’s about marriage, about modern society. Chatsky again objects to Famusov and pronounces an angry diatribe monologue, sharply condemning serfdom.
In the room appear Sophia and Lisa, who see through the window that Molchalin fell off a horse. Sophia loses consciousness. Having woken up and recovering from a faint, she worries only about the well-being of Molchalin. Chatsky begins to suspect that Sofya is in love with Molchalin.
Guests come to Famusov’s house for a ball. Here Chatsky meets his long-time friend Platon Mikhailovich, who was once served. Platon Mikhailovich has changed beyond recognition, he lives in Moscow all the time, being under the thumb of his wife, Natalia Dmitrievna. Appear princess and prince Tugoukhovskie and their six daughters. Then the Countess grandmother and granddaughter of Khryumina, Zagoretsky, Khlestova, Skalozub, Molchalin enter.
In a conversation with G. N. Sophia says that it seems to her that Chatsky has gone mad. GN shares this news with G. D., who, in turn, tells Zagoretsky that Chatsky has lost his mind.
In the gossip about the madness of Chatsky, everyone immediately believed, because he had all the time to give advice that no one liked. Discussing the reasons for the madness of Chatsky, Famusov argues that the whole teaching is guilty. Chatsky, talking with Sophia, condemns the thoughtless imitation of people all foreign.
The guests are gradually moving away. Repetilov, happy meeting with Chatsky, he calls him with him to the club, but he refuses.
Chatsky becomes aware of the ridiculous gossip that Sofia has spread about him. In addition, he learns that Sofya has appointed Molchalin a date, and follows them.
The servant calls Molchalin to Sophia, who flirts with Lisa, assuring her that he does not like Sofya Pavlovna. He says that his father bequeathed him to please all people, so he loves the owner’s daughter “by office.” Sophia hears this conversation and, deceived in her best feelings, orders Molchalin to leave their house until morning. Because of the column comes Chatsky. He heard everything, too. Famusov appears with servants. Having seen Chatsky and Sophia, he suspects that they have a secret date. Angry, Famusov threatens his daughter that he will send her to her aunt “in the wilderness, in Saratov.” Chatsky also utters an angry monologue, reproaching Sophia for preferring Molchalin to him, she did not say that she “turned everything that was” between them to dust, “advises her to make peace with Molchalin, because he will make a great servant husband, and Famusov states, that he would not go to his daughter. Then he demands a carriage and leaves.
Famusov-Sophia: “Well, do not you see that he’s gone mad? … My destiny is almost deplorable? Oh, my God, what will Princess Marya Aleksevna say!”