Act 1, Part 1* The first act is set in the drawing room of Agazzi's home. * Laudisi listens impatiently as Amalia and Dina tell him how a subordinate of Agazzi's has rented an apartment in their building for his mother-in-law. * The woman refused to allow them into her home when they paid a call. * Laudisi asks whether that's a good enough reason for them to lodge a formal complaint with Agazzi about his subordinate's behavior. * Amalia says it's an awful way for two women to be treated. * Dina explains that Ponza rented an apartment on the top floor of a run-down apartment block on the outskirts of town for him and his wife, as opposed to the nice apartment in a nice building he rented for his mother-in-law. * Dina says that the only communication in and out of the apartment is through a basket that's raised and lowered from the...
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