Act 1, Part 1* Schaaf, Anna, and Liza are playing Hearts, and although Schaaf has been winning most of the hands, Anna starts to gain an advantage over him. * Rakitin is reading The Count of Monte Cristo to Natalya, because Natalya believes it is something to which she should be exposed. Even so, Natalya is uninterested in the story. * Rakitin believes something is different about Natalya today. * Kolya shows off the kite that Beliayev has made for him. * Natalya and Rakitin think about Beliayev and decide that they should try to educate him and make him more like themselves.
Act 1, Part 2* Shpigelski enters, and in order to please Natalya, he relates a story about a woman who couldn't choose between two suitors. * Shpigelski has a discussion with Natalya about matching one of his friends with Vera. * Natalya insists that Vera is not ready for marriage yet. * Natalya reminds Rakitin of...
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