A small German town in the 18th century. The basis of Goethe’s novel is Werther’s letters to his friend Wilhelm and additions to the letters “From the publisher to the reader”. The letters describe the events of Werther’s life, a young intelligent and modest man, who is fond of art. Settling in this town, he draws, reads poetry, gets to know people. Having met Charlotte S. at a country ball, he falls in love. The eldest daughter of prince Amtman Lott, grew up without a mother and was engaged in the upbringing of her eight brothers and sisters, attractive appearance and an extraordinary mind. Werther spends a lot of time with Lotta: together they go to the sick pastor and take care of the sick lady. But the girl was engaged to the young Albert, who at that moment
Albert returns, and the enamored young man is forced to meet with Lotta in his presence. Despite the fact that Albert tried not to show his feelings openly to his bride, Werther behaved unreasonably and was constantly jealous. One day, when going for a ride, Werther asked Albert for the pistols. Albert gives not loaded pistols, but the young man puts one to his forehead. The boys argued because of this Werther trick. Werther’s story about a girl who rushed into the river, because of the betrayal of her lover seemed Albert “stupid.” He believed that the mind must always prevail over the senses. Having received a birthday from Albert’s bow from the dress of his beloved, the young man decides to leave to end his suffering. Before leaving, he meets with a girl who anticipates separation and begins to talk about death, about the late mother, but still, suffering, the young man leaves her. In another city, Werther works as an official with the envoy, who constantly finds fault with him. The young man gets acquainted with Count von KE and from time to time communicates with him. But his origin of the low estate does not give him a living.
Werther was introduced to the girl B. reminding him of his Lotte, but his relations with the surrounding people are deteriorating,