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• Monsieur Crevel visits the Baroness at her home.
• The Baroness confronts Crevel and asks if he is responsible for the failure of her daughter Hortense's engagement.
• Crevel admits to having sabotaged Hortense's engagement as an act of retribution against the Baron.
• Crevel explains that the Baron, Hulot, stole his mistress, Josepha, from him.
• Crevel offers to pay Hortense's dowry if the Baroness will agree to be his mistress for ten years.
• The Baroness refuses Crevel's offer and asks his advice in desperation.
• Crevel tells the Baroness that her only options are to take his offer, to find an older gentleman who wants children to marry Hortense, or to find a poor artist in the city to marry her who will not expect a dowry.
• Hortense and Lisbeth gossip in the garden, and Lisbeth tells Hortense that she has an admirer.
• It is revealed that Lisbeth is...
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