“Marriage of Figaro” by Beaumarchais in brief summary
The action takes place during one crazy day in the castle of Count Almaviva, whose households during this short time manage to weave a dizzying intrigue with weddings, courts, adoption, jealousy and reconciliation. The heart of intrigue is Figaro, the count’s house manager. This is an incredibly witty and wise person, the closest assistant and adviser to the count at the usual time, but now fell into disgrace. The cause of the graph’s displeasure is that Figaro decides to marry a charming girl Susanne, the Countess’s maid, and the wedding should take place on the same day, everything goes well until Susannah talks about the Count’s idea: restore the shameful seigneur’s right to the bride’s virginity under threat to upset the wedding and deprive them of their dowry. Figaro is shocked by such a baseness of his master, who, not having time to appoint him a householder, already going to send him to the embassy in London courier to quietly visit Suzanne.
The wedding of Figaro is threatened by two more enemies. The old doctor Bartolo, whose count, with the help of a cunning Figaro, kidnapped the bride, found the opportunity through his marshal Marcelina to take revenge on the offenders. Marcelina is going through the court to force Figaro to fulfill a debt obligation: either to return her money, or to marry her. Count, of course, will support her in an effort to prevent their wedding, but her own wedding thanks to this and arranged. Once in love with his wife, the Count three years after the wedding, she slightly cooled to her, but the place of love was taken by a mad and blind jealousy, while from boredom he trailed after the beauties around the district. Marceline is in love with her in the ears of Figaro, which is understandable: he does not know how to be angry, always in good spirits, he sees in the present only joy, and as little as he thinks about the past, as well as about the future. Actually, To marry
The countess, however, does not feel completely abandoned, she has a fan – the page of his excellency Cherubino. This is a charming little prankster, going through a difficult period of growing up, already aware of himself as an attractive young man. A change in the perception of the world completely confused the teenager, he took turns taking care of all the women in his field of vision and secretly in love with the Countess, his godmother. Frivolous behavior Cherubino causes the displeasure of the graph, and he wants to send him to his parents. The boy desperately goes to complain to Suzanne. But during the conversation in the room to Suzanne enters the count, and Cherubino in horror hides behind the chair. The Count already offers the money in exchange for a date before the wedding. Suddenly they hear Basil’s voice, musician and pimp at the earl’s court, he approaches the door, the count, in fear, that he will be caught with Suzanne, hides behind the chair where Cherubino is already sitting. The boy runs out and climbs with his feet into the armchair, and Suzanne covers his dress and stands in front of the armchair. Basil is looking for the count and at the same time uses the opportunity to persuade Suzanne to offer his master. He hints at the favor of many ladies to Cherubino, including her and the countess. Embraced by jealousy, the earl rises from behind the chair and orders to immediately send the boy, trembling in the meantime, under his cover. He pulls off his dress and finds a small page underneath it. The Count is sure that Susanna had a date with Cherubino. Out of himself with the rage that they overheard his delicate conversation with Suzanne, he forbids her to go beyond Figaro. At the same moment, a crowd of well-dressed villagers with Figaro appears at the head. The cunning brought the Count’s vassals, so that they solemnly thanked their master for the abolition of the seignior’s right to the virginity of the bride. Everyone praises the virtue of the Count, and he has no choice but to prove his decision, cursing the cunning of Figaro. He is also begged to forgive Cherubino, the Count agrees, he makes the young man into the officers of his regiment, with the condition of immediately leaving to serve in distant Catalonia. Cherubino in despair that parted with the godmother, and Figaro advises him to play the departure, and then imperceptibly return to the castle. In retaliation for the intransigence of Suzanne, the Count is going to support Marceline on the court and to break, thus, the marriage of Figaro. he produces a young man in the officers of his regiment, with the condition of immediately leaving to serve in distant Catalonia. Cherubino in despair that parted with the godmother, and Figaro advises him to play the departure, and then imperceptibly return to the castle. In retaliation for the intransigence of Suzanne, the Count is going to support Marceline on the court and to break, thus, the marriage of Figaro. he produces a young man in the officers of his regiment, with the condition of immediately leaving to serve in distant Catalonia. Cherubino in despair that parted with the godmother, and Figaro advises him to play the departure, and then imperceptibly return to the castle. In retaliation for the intransigence of Suzanne, the Count is going to support Marceline on the court and to break, thus, the marriage of Figaro.
Figaro, meanwhile, decides to act with no less consistency than his lordship: to temper his appetites about Suzanne, suggesting the suspicion that his wife is encroached. Through Basil, the count receives an anonymous note stating that a certain admirer will be looking for a date with the Countess during the ball. The countess is indignant that Figaro is not ashamed to play the honor of a decent woman. But Figaro assures that he will not allow himself this with any woman: he is afraid of getting to the point. To bring the Count to white heat and he is in their hands. Instead of a pleasant pastime with someone else’s wife, he will have to walk on his heels for his own, and in the presence of the countess he will not dare to interfere with their marriage. Only Marcelina needs to be afraid, so Figaro orders Susanne to appoint a Count to the evening in the garden. Instead, the girl will go Cherubino in her suit. While his excellency is on the hunt, Suzanne and the Countess have to change and comb the Cherubino, and then Figaro will hide it. Cherubino comes, he is disguised, and between him and the countess slip touching hints that speak of mutual sympathy. Suzanne went out for pins, and at this point the Count returns from hunting ahead of schedule and demands that the Countess let him in. Obviously, he received a note, composed by Figaro, and beside himself with rage. If he finds a half-undressed Cherubino, he will shoot him on the spot. The boy hides in the dressing room, and the Countess in horror and confusion runs to open the graph. The count, seeing the confusion of his wife and hearing the noise in the dressing room, wants to break open the door, although the countess assures him that Susanna is changing clothes there. Then the count goes for tools and takes his wife with him. Suzanne opens the toilet, releases the scarlet Cherubino alive and takes his place; the boy jumps out of the window. The count returns, and the countess in desperation tells him about the page, begging to spare the child. The Count opens the door and, to his amazement, finds there laughing Suzanne. Suzanne explains that they just decided to play him, and Figaro himself wrote that note. Having mastered himself, the Countess rebukes him in coldness, groundless jealousy, unworthy behavior. The stunned Count begs him to forgive in sincere repentance. Figaro appears, women force him to recognize himself as the author of an anonymous letter. All are ready to make up, as the gardener comes in and tells about the man who fell out of the window, who crushed all the flower beds. Figaro hastens to compose a story, as, frightened of the count’s anger because of the letter, he jumped out of the window, hearing that the count suddenly interrupted the hunt. But the gardener shows the paper that fell from the pocket of the fugitive. This is the order for the appointment of Cherubino. Fortunately, the Countess recalls that the order lacked a seal, Cherubino told her about it. Figaro manages to get out: Cherubino allegedly passed through him an order, on which the count should put the seal. In the meantime Marcelina appears, and the count sees in her the weapon of revenge of Figaro. Marcelina demands the trial of Figaro, and the Count invites the local court and witnesses. Figaro refuses to marry Marceline, because he considers himself a noble rank. True, he does not know his parents, since he was stolen by gypsies. The nobility of his origin proves the sign on his hand in the form of a spatula. At these words, Marceline throws herself on the neck of Figaro and declares him her lost child, the son of Dr. Bartolo. The lawsuit is thus resolved by itself, and Figaro finds a loving mother instead of an angry fury. Countess meanwhile is going to teach a jealous and incorrect count and decides to go on a date to him. Suzanne writes a note to her dictation, where a count is assigned a meeting in a gazebo in the garden. The count must come to seduce his own wife, and Suzanne will receive the promised dowry. Figaro accidentally learns about the appointment, and, not understanding his true meaning, loses his mind from jealousy. He curses his ill-fated destiny. In fact, it is not known whose son, stolen by the robbers, brought up in their terms, he suddenly felt disgusted towards them and decided to follow the honest path, and everywhere he was pushed aside. He studied chemistry, pharmacy, surgery, was a veterinarian, playwright, writer, publicist; As a result, he was stolen by a wandering barber and he began a carefree life. One day, Count Almaviva arrives in Seville, recognizes him, Figaro married him, and now, in gratitude for the fact that he obtained the Count’s wife, the earl decided to intercept his bride. The intrigue is fastened, Figaro is on the verge of death, almost marries his own mother, but at this very moment it turns out who his parents are. He saw everything and was disappointed in everything for his difficult life. But he sincerely believed and loved Suzanne, and she so cruelly betrayed him, for the sake of some dowry! Figaro hastens to the place of the supposed date to catch them red-handed. And here in the dark corner of the park with two arbors is the final scene of a crazy day. Hiding herself, the Count’s meetings with Susannah await Le Figaro and the real Suzanne: the first yearts for revenge, the second – an amusing spectacle. So they overhear a very instructive conversation between the Count and the Countess. The count admits that he loves his wife very much, but he was thirsted for by Suzanne. Wives usually think that if they like husbands, then that’s all. They are so precautionary, so always obliging, invariably and under all circumstances, that one day, to their amazement, instead of again feeling bliss, you begin to experience satiety. Wives simply do not know the art of supporting their husbands with attraction. The law of nature forces men to seek reciprocity, and women’s business is to be able to keep them. Figaro is trying to find out in the dark conversing and stumbles upon Suzanne, disguised in the Countess’s dress. He still recognizes his Suzanne and, wanting to teach the Count, is playing a scene of seduction. The enraged Count hears the whole conversation and calls the whole house to publicly expose the unfaithful wife. They bring torches, but instead of the countess with an unknown admirer they find laughing Figaro and Suzanne, and the countess in the meantime leaves the pergola in Suzanne’s dress. The shocked Count for the second time a day, praying to his wife about forgiveness, and the newlyweds receive a fine dowry.