Patten’s lawyer is not the full strength and fervor of the dodger and the scoundrel, as everyone around him knew. He grew old, became sick and weak and feels the approach of the end. When he was young, he easily earned money, now his strength is running out and he is of no use to anyone. He still holds the position of lawyer in court, but now his clients are poor, so his affairs go unimportantly. Together with his wife Guillemetta, he lives his own life in poverty and oblivion. One consolation remained in his life – wine.
He is going to go to court, but feels so bad that he has to go to bed. Deciding that his hour of death has come, Pat-lin sends Guillemetta for an apothecary and priest. Soon both are to a lawyer: one to try to bring him back to life, the other –