Morning in the house of Jourdain. The teacher of music and the dance teacher discuss how they were lucky with Jourdain: “We found just the kind of person we need.” Mr. Jourdain, with his insanity on the nobility and on secular ways, is just a treasure for us, his knowledge is not great, he judges all at random and applauds where there should not be, but the money straightens the curvature of his judgments, his common sense is in his purse. “
Jourdain himself appears. He boasts to his teachers with his new robe. Tailor said that all the nobility goes to such, so he should.
The dance teacher and music teacher asked Jourdain to look at what they had written specifically for today’s celebration (a notable lady, the marquis, in whom he is in love, will come to Jourdain for dinner). Jourdain indifferently looks at what the teacher represents him, he does not understand it, but he does not show a kind, since all the notable people have to understand art.
As for the ballet, he lets out this remark: “It’s very good: the dancers are splitting dashingly”.
Teachers offer Jourdain to learn music and dance. When Jourdain finds out that all the notable people are learning this, he agrees. Moreover, teachers give such “convincing” arguments, for example: all the wars on earth come from ignorance of music and inability to dance, because if everyone were learning music, this would set the people in a peaceful way.
Jourdain asks the dance teacher to teach him to bow, as he will have to bow to the marquis. “If you want it to be a respectful bow,” says the teacher, “then first step back and worship once, then approach her with three bows and finally bend over to her feet.”
The fencing teacher is coming. His lesson begins. He explains to Jourdain that the whole secret of fencing is, first, to strike the enemy, and secondly, in order not to receive them themselves, but for this it is only necessary to learn how to divert the opponent’s sword from his body with an easy movement of the hand – to himself
The next lesson is the philosophy lesson. The teacher asks what he would like to learn. To which Jourdain replies: “Everything I can do: after all, I’m dead as I want to become a scientist.” The philosopher offers Jourdain a choice of several topics – logic, ethics, physics. Jourdain asks to explain what kind of objects, hears a lot of unfamiliar and complex words and decides that this is not for him. He asks the teacher to write spelling. The whole lesson they take apart is how vowels are pronounced. Jourdain rejoices like a child: it turns out that he knew much of this before. But at the same time he discovers a lot of new things, for example: to pronounce the sound, you have to bring your upper lips to the lower ones, without squeezing them, and pull your lips and bring them closer, too. Lips at the same time stretch, as if you are grimacing. Jourdain exclaims: “Oh, why did not I study before!
Jourdain asks the philosopher to help him write a note, which he will drop at the feet of the marquise. The teacher of philosophy asks how the note should be written, prose or verse? Jourdain does not want either prose or poetry. The philosopher explains that this can not be, because that is not poetry, it’s prose, and that it’s not prose, it’s poetry. Jourdain makes the discovery that he speaks prose.
Tailor brings Jourdain to try on a suit. Jourdain notices that the tailor has a suit of the same material as the suit he ordered from him before. The apprentice, wearing a suit on Jourdain, calls it your Grace, then the Grace, then Your Grace. In this case, Jourdain gives him money for every word and thinks to himself that if it comes to “Your Highness”, he will give the whole purse. But before this did not come.
Nicole sees her master in a new suit and can not stop laughing. Mrs. Jourdain says: “What is it on you, hubby, for a new outfit?” True, did he decide to make people laugh if he was dressed as a jester? ” To which he replies that if they show, then only fools and fools.
Jourden decides to show his wife and maid, which he managed to learn, asks them questions: how to pronounce Wu, or, do they know how they are now saying (prose). Women can not understand anything, Jourdain calls them ignoramuses. Then there is a demonstration of the art of fencing. Jourdain suggests that Nicole kick his sword. She pricks several times. He screams, not so fast, or he does not have time to repel the blow.
Mrs. Jourdain reproaches her husband for being obsessed with all these oddities after he decided to “deal with important gentlemen.” Jourdain believes that this is much better than “dealing with your burghers.” The wife claims that he is helpful only because he is rich and he can borrow money, citing the example of Count Dorant.
Dorant appears, lavishes compliments to Jourdain about the beautiful appearance, asks how much he owes him money. After the calculations, the sum was fifteen thousand eight hundred. Dorant offers Jourdain to take him another two hundred for an equal account. Ms. Jourdain calls her husband a “cash cow”.
Jourdain and Dorant are left alone. They are discussing the upcoming dinner tonight: Dorant will bring Dorimen under the guise of his acquaintance. Dorant reminds Jourdain not to let slip a diamond, which he gave Dorimene through him, because she does not like it when reminded of it.
Nicole tells Mrs. Jourdain that men are plotting something. “My husband has been on suspicion for a long time, I give my head to cut it off, that he will attack someone,” answers Mrs. Jourdain.
Cleonte is in love with Lucille. Ms. Jourdain advises him to ask her husband for the hands of her daughter. Jourdain, first of all, asks whether he is a nobleman? The young man replies that he does not, and does not hide it. Jourdain refuses to him. My wife reminds me that they themselves are philistines themselves. My husband does not want to hear anything.
Dorant leads the marquise. All that here is arranged for her by Jourdain, he betrays for his. Brilliant also reckons to his gifts.
Jourdain appears, asks the marquis to step back, because he does not have enough room for a bow.
A sumptuous dinner accompanied by ballet and music. The Marquise rebukes Dorante that it should not have been wasted.
Mrs. Jourdain appears, arranges a scandal. Dorimena does not understand anything, gets up and leaves. Dorant runs after her. Jourdain explains that the Marquise came with Dorant.
Covil and Cleonte have a plan. Cleonte disguises himself as the son of the Turkish sultan and asks Jourdain for Lucile’s hand. In this case, Jourdain himself is initiated into “mamamushi”, this word is translated to him as “paladin.” Jourdain is kneeling, the Quran is put on his back and begins to clown.
Appears “son of the Sultan”, through an interpreter (Koviel) talks with Jourdain. Jourdain agrees to a marriage. At this time, Dorant arrives with Dorimeno (they are dedicated to the essence of the matter by Cleonte, who asked them to play along), express their respects to the “son of the Sultan.”
Ms. Jourdain suggests sending for a notary to get married. Dorant announces that they and the Marquise have also decided to enter into a legal marriage. Jourdain regards this as an attempt to divert suspicion from him. Lucille and Coviel also decide to get married.