Life is a dream
In a deserted mountainous area, not far from the court of the Polish king, Rosaura, a noble lady dressed in a man’s dress, and her servant, lost their way. The night is approaching, and there is no light around. Suddenly travelers distinguish in the twilight a tower, from behind the walls of which they hear complaints and lamentations: it curses its fate encased in the chain Sehismundo. He complains that he is deprived of freedom and those joys of being that are given to everyone born in the world. Having found the door of the tower unlocked, Rosaura and the servant enter the tower and enter into a conversation with Sehismundo, who is struck by their appearance: in his entire life the young man saw only one person – his jailer Clotaldo.
Left alone, Clotaldo remembers how he gave this sword once to Violante, saying that he would always help someone who brought it back. The old man suspects that the mysterious stranger is his son, and decides to seek advice from the king in the hope of his rightful trial. For the same appeal to Basilio, the King of Poland, Infanta Estrella and Prince Muscovy Astolfo. Basilio is their uncle; he himself has no heirs, so after his death the throne of Poland must go to one of his nephews – Estrella,
Meanwhile, Clotaldo leads to King Rosaur, who, touched by the participation of the monarch, tells that she is a woman and found herself in Poland in search of Astolfo, connected with her by the bonds of love – it is her portrait that the Prince of Muscovy wears on his chest. Clotaldo gives every support to the young woman, and she remains at the court, in the retinue of the infantile Estrelia under the name Astrea. Clotaldo, on the orders of Basilio, gives Sehismundo a soporific drink, and, sleepy, he is transported to the palace of the king. Here he wakes up and, realizing himself as a lord, begins to create outrages, like a wild beast burst out: with everyone, including the king, rude and harsh, throws off a balcony from the balcony dare to contradict his servant, trying to kill Clotaldo. Patience Basilio comes to an end, and he decides to send Sehismundo back to prison. “Will you wake up, where did you wake up before”
Confusion Sehismundo, when he wakes up in shackles and animal skins, can not be described. Clotaldo explains to him that everything that he saw was a dream, like the rest of his life, but, he says instructively, “and in good dreams the good remains good.” This explanation makes an indelible impression on Sekhimzundo, who now looks at the world from this angle.
Basilio decides to hand over his crown to Astolfo, who leaves no claims to Estrella’s hand. Infanta asks her new friend Astrea to get for her a portrait that Prince Muscovy wears on his chest. Astolfo recognizes her, and between them there is an explanation in the course of which Rosaura at first denies that she is she. Nevertheless, she manages to wrest from Astolfo her portrait – she does not want another woman to see him. Her grievances and pains have no limits, and she sharply reproaches Astolfo for treason.