Alzest shocked all loved ones with their behavior and beliefs. Not much time has passed, and Alzestre disavows even his friend Philint, with whom he had been friends for so long. He accuses Filint of being too friendly with a man whose name he could not remember. Alzest believes that this is a sign of his hypocrisy, which in any way can not have a person of high spiritual qualities. Philint objected to him that when a person lives among his own kind, he has to comply with the required rules of decency. Alzestz bezapelyatsionno calls a former friend a heinous admirer of secular lies. He believes that a real person should always tell people the truth directly, regardless of the circumstances.
Fidelity to his words, Alceste was not afraid to demonstrate: he directly speaks rudely to
The quarrel between the two friends is interrupted by the young man who entered the Orontes. In love with Seliment, he brought them a sonnet, which he wrote for his beloved, and asked to comment on his creation. When he had finished, Philant complimented Orontes with restraint, and Alzest, in his custom, expressed his bewilderment at the failed poetic attempt. Of course, after such an insult, Orontes became his sworn enemy.
Selimena is discouraged by the behavior of Alzest – before she never came to her only to express her dissatisfaction. Altsest accentuated Selimena’s infidelity in her speech, that she gives out her attention to everyone who wishes. The girl does not understand that this is bad – it’s not she makes them go crazy about her. Simply she was lucky with looks. Do not swear on them? Moreover, the tender word and cat is pleasant. And when affectionate people say affectionate words – it can still be useful to some extent. Selimena said that she loved only Alzest. She convinces him to rejoice that she is equally affable with
Here, two visitors come to Selimen – the courtyard dancers of the Marquess of Acastus and the Marquess of Clitander. Despite the fact that Alceste was disgusted and he wanted to leave, the young man overcame his desire and stayed. Selimena gossiped with the marquises about all her secular acquaintances, ridiculing the shortcomings of everyone: one is stupid, the other communicates only because he is an excellent cook, a third braggart and so on. Alcesta is not surprised – he expected what kind of a meeting this would be.
The marquis admire the slander of Selimena. Here, Alceste can not stand it, and before that he silently sits on the side, pours dirt and reveals the vices of those present.
Alceste did not want to leave Selimen alone with the marquises, but here is the gendarme. He has an order to bring Alzest to court. Filint asks the friend not to resist: he thinks that this Orontes sued him for insulting his poetic talents.
Acast and Klitander enjoy tremendous success among the girls. They saw no one in the environment of the Selimites, who could become a worthy opponent for them. Both eyes that have laid eyes on the girl, they make a bet: who of them will achieve the greatest favor of the beauty, he will remain with her. The other will retire with honor.
Arsinoe comes to Selimenta. Everyone considered these girls girlfriends. Selimena believes that Arsinoe simply has to be so modest and pious – for she can not take another man. But she greets her friend cordially.
Barely entering the room, Arsinoe tells Selimenta about what they say about her behind her back. Arsinoe considers this a duty of friendship. Of course, she does not believe these rumors, but still advises Seliment to change some aspects of his behavior, which caused such close attention. Selimenta pays her friend the same coin – because you certainly want to know that they are talking about herself! It turns out that Arsinoe only pretends to be pious virtue, in fact, when no one sees her, she beats the servants and does not give them a salary, and in any case likes to undress. Selimena advises Arsinoe to follow first with himself, and then already talk about others. The exchange of gossip threatens to turn into a fight, and here is Alzest.
Selimena leaves them alone, knowing that Arsinoe has long been in love with him. Wanting to please him, Arsinoe speaks about what kind of Alzest is a positive person: to him everything is like that. She advises him to use his peculiarity and make a career at court. Alzest does not rejoice at this proposal, heavily criticizing the service at court. He says that this is not for him – he has a bold and rebellious soul, and he can not cope with his hatred of hypocrisy.
Arsinoe changes tactics: she begins to slander Selimenu, telling Alzesta, as she allegedly betrays him. But the young man needs proofs to believe her words. Arsinoe promises that he will get the necessary evidence to once and for all expose the traitor.
And yet Arsinoe was right: despite his rudeness, Alzeste knew how to put people to his people, not even wanting it. In the back of his heart he was loved by his cousin Selim, Eliant. She admired his directness and nobility. In her eyes, he was a hero. Once, she even shared with Filint that, if he were not in love with Seliment, she would readily marry him.
Philint himself can not understand how his friend, a champion of truth, can love such a two-faced twirl, when he is in love with Eliant, the embodiment of all virtues. As a true friend, he would be glad if Alceste and Eliante were married, but if he prefers Eliante Selimena – he himself will make Elianta an offer.
Philint does not have time to admit to his chosen one in love, interrupted by Alzestom, who burst into the room, scolding and indignant. He had just read Selimena’s letter to Orontes. He is indignant at her betrayal and cunning. Alzestes decides never to see Selimen again and comes up with a plan for revenge: to marry Eliante. Let the infidel envy their family happiness!
Elianta tried to reconcile Alcestus with Selimena, but he, when he saw her, bursts into a series of accusations. Selimena does not consider herself guilty. She explains that she was addressing this letter to a woman. Tired of the gross accusations of Alzest, she declares that it should be so: Orontes, in any case, has much greater merit than he, Alzest.
Then comes Dubois, servant of Alcestus. Stuttering, he explains to his master that the judge turned out to be the same one that Altsest once rudely, confident in the justice justice. The court decision had an extremely unfavorable outcome for the owner, and now he needs to leave the city as soon as possible, if he does not want to incur new charges.
Philint urges a friend to file a petition and begin to challenge such an obvious injustice. But Alzest was even more convinced of the hypocrisy and insidiousness of society. He will submit to the decision of the court, and the payment for his selected money will be the opportunity to talk about everywhere about the injustice and violence reigning around.
Alcestis waits for Seliman to inform her of her departure from the city. If a girl really loves him, she will go with him. If you stay, then it’s her way.
By decision of Selimena, Orontes was keenly interested. She already knew what choice she would make, but could not publicly publicize it, fearing another loud resentment. Acast and Clytander also did not let the girl make quick decisions, demanding an immediate explanation. The marquises, indignant, came to Selimen, shaking her with a letter to Arsinoe. There she laughed at her boyfriends, caricatured them.
After the letter was voiced aloud, Akast, Klitander, Orontes and Arsinoe, offended and upset, left, leaving the heartthrob in solitude. At parting, Alceste read her a lush speech, in which she offered her the last chance to follow him into the wilderness, away from a vicious society. But Selimena was more in love with a secular way of life than Alcesta – she was horrified by the thought of being alone.
Alceste wishes Filient and Eliante happiness in marriage and long life and leaves to seek the light of the corner of piety and truth.