In Scene 7, Chrysale reproaches his wife for neglecting common sense and ordinary household duties in her obsession with her studies and her patronage of Trissotin.But when Chrysale gingerly brings up the topic of Henriette's marriage in Scene 8, Philaminte interrupts before he can tell her the full story, and announces that she thinks it good that Henriette should marry, and that she has found the perfect husband for her: Trissotin.Act IIHenriette's uncle Ariste addresses Clitandre in Scene 1 and assures him of his support.
Clitandre knows he must flatter Philaminte to gain her consent, but finds her "studies" foolish and cannot hide this.
He meets Henriette's aunt Belise in Scene 4 and attempts to speak with her about his wish to marry Henriette, but Belise imagines that this is merely a subtle way of declaring that he loves her (Belise) and ignores what he is actually trying to say.
Act IVIn Scene 1, Armande is conducting a tirade against Clitandre.
Clitandre appears in Scene 2 and asks why she hates him so.
Detailed Synopsis Act IIn Scene 1, Henriette tells her sister Armande of her intention to marry Clitandre.
Armande, after scolding Henriette for rejecting the pursuit of learning for domesticity, says that she believes that Clitandre, once her own suitor, is still in love with her, despite the fact she refused him because of her devotion to scholarship.She replies that he betrayed her by falling in love with Henriette instead of continuing to love her (Armande) platonically.Philaminte concludes the conversation by repeating her intention that Henriette marry Trissotin.And Philaminte, supported by Henriette's aunt and sister, wishes her to marry Trissotin, a "scholar" and mediocre poet with big teeth, who has these three women completely in his thrall.For these three ladies are "learned"; their obsession in life is learning and culture of the most pretentious kind, and Trissotin is their special protégé and the fixture of their literary salon.The weak Chrysale does not know how to reply; the ladies leave.When Ariste returns in Scene 9, Chrysale confesses his weakness to him, but resolves that he will no longer be ruled by his wife.Act IIIScene 1 opens at the ladies' literary salon, where Trissotin is amusing and instructing them.Henriette wanders in in Scene 2, and Philaminte forces her to stay and listen to Trissotin's reading of his own poems.Scene 3 sees the arrival of another scholar, Vadius; the ladies swoon over him when they learn he knows classical Greek, and line up to kiss him, "pour l'amour du grec" ("for the love of Greek").Trissotin and Vadius then pay each other extravagant compliments; however, they then quarrel violently when Vadius criticises an anonymous sonnet which was in fact by Trissotin.