Masquerade: a summary

Eugene falls in love with his wife

Nastasya Pavlovna returns from the ball

Of course, his wife is an angel, but she is both for years and the soul of a child. Mikhail Lermontov notes that she adores childishly all that glitters, and most of all - balls with their noise. Today St. Petersburg is having fun too, and Arbenina Nastasya Pavlovna (Nina is at home) dancing somewhere. She promised to return before midnight, but it was already two o'clock. Finally the girl is. She sneaks up on tiptoe and, like a kind uncle, kisses her husband on the forehead. Spouse Nina arranges the scene, after which they reconcile.

Eugene rescues Zvezdich

Evgeny Aleksandrovich, moreover, today he himself is not without sin. He broke the vow given to them: do not take more cards. He sat down and won a lot of money. True, the pretext for this was specious: it was necessary to help out the trouble of Zvezdich, the defeated prince. He travels with him from the gambling house to Engelhardt in a fancy house. It is necessary for him to unwind. However, one cannot relax: Arbenin in an idle crowd is a stranger, but a very handsome young Zvezdich guardsman in his element. He, of course, dreams of a love affair.

Love adventure

A dream comes true. Intriguing Zvezdich, a mysterious lady with a mask on her face confesses his passion. Guardsman asks for some symbolic item in memory of this meeting. Without risking to give Zvezdich ring, the girl in the mask gives him a bracelet, lost by someone. The prince shows Arbenin a fancy “trophy”. He saw somewhere similar, but does not remember exactly where. He now is not up to Zvezdich: having uttered insolence, someone unknown predicted just that the misfortune to Eugene, which should happen exactly on this winter night.

Arbenin discovers the loss of the bracelet

In Arbenin, you will agree, after such a stormy day there is every reason to be nervous, waiting for your spouse. But the thunderstorm sped away, not turning into a storm. So what if a spouse loves him differently than he does - playing with feelings, unconsciously? The main thing is that she still loves. In a fit of tenderness, touched Eugene kisses his wife's fingers.

Mikhail Lermontov further talks about the fact that the hero pays attention to the bracelet on her hand. It was just such a few hours ago that Zvezdich boasted. The bracelets are paired, but not on the right wrist. Nina says she lost her bracelet. By the order of Arbenin, the whole house is looking for a loss. Of course, it is not found. It turns out that Nina did not stay at the home ball for one respectable family, but for Engelhardt at the masquerade. And there it is shameful to go to a decent woman without satellites.

Struck by the inexplicable act of the spouse (is it really just children's curiosity?), Arbenin suspects that she has an affair with a prince. True, the suspicion is not yet turned into confidence. How is it possible that Nina chose Arbenin, a mature husband, a pretty, empty boy. The prince is outraged by the wife of Nina while far more than the wife. Tom probably wouldn’t care about amorous pranks if Arbenin had not generously played his card loss. Spouses, half-tired of clarifying the relationship, go around the rooms in a bad mood.

Nina tells about all Zvezdichu

Nina goes to the jewelry store the next day. She believes that her husband will cease to be angry if she chooses the same trinkets instead of the lost one. Not having bought anything (bracelets of these piecework), the girl calls on her secular friend Baroness Shtral, a young widow. She, having met Zvezdich in the drawing room, tells him ingenuously about her trouble. The guardsman, having decided that Nina Arbenina and the lady in the mask are one and the same person, and the “tale” she composed about the lost bracelet is a hint, transforming into a fiery lover. Nina, having cooled off his “ardor by cold”, is hastily removed. The prince in annoyance lays out the whole story to the Baroness. The widow is horrified, because she gave Zindezd at the masquerade Ninin a bracelet.

Letter Zvezdich

However, saving her own reputation, the widow leaves Zvezdich in error. He hopes to confuse Nina and thereby achieve his own. He sends a nasty letter to the girl, saying that he would rather die than refuse her. On the content of the letter, the prince announces in advance half of the secular Petersburg. The scandalous message as a result of intrigue is in the hands of Arbenin. Eugene is now convinced that he was cruelly deceived. He sees, moreover, the prophetic sign in what happened. He who has experienced in his life all the sweets of evil and vice cannot dream of carelessness and peace. What, in fact, of the player's husband, father of the family? However, Arbenin cannot take revenge on the “seducer” as he should have done to the “genius of evil”: strangle him asleep. The union with virtue has changed something in it.

Ms. Stral tries to tell the truth to Arbenina. Punishment Zvezdicha

Baroness Shtral, meanwhile, fearing that the life of the prince she loves is in danger, decides to reveal the truth to Arbenina and thereby prevent the inevitable, as she believes, duel. We will not describe her story in detail, making up a summary. “Masquerade” of Lermontov can be briefly described, without going into details in various scenes. Note that Arbenin, scrolling options of revenge in his head, can not hear it. In desperation, Mrs. Stral. But she is worried in vain: the fight is not part of Eugene’s plans. He intends to take away from the darling of destiny is not life at all, but something more: respect for society and honor. Arbenin is quite capable of a cunning enterprise. Pulling a characterless prince into a card battle, he finds fault with trifles and accuses him publicly of fraud. Having said that Zvezdich is a scoundrel and a sharpie, he slaps him.

Further intrigue

Thus, the delinquent is punished. However, the intrigue continues, in which the heroes of the Masquerade of Lermontov were involved. Now it's Nina's turn. However, the girl is not a godless and immoral prince. Superstitious, like all players, Arbenin hesitates, expecting to tell fate to his faithful and ancient slave. However, the fate is treacherously cost him. She confuses intrigue, unraveling it. After a failed attempt to make friends with her friend's husband, Mrs. Stral, realizing that her social life was ruined hopelessly at any turn of events, she decides to go to the village estate. The woman explains to Zvezdich before leaving the “solution” of this “charade”.

Already translated into the Caucasus at his own request, the prince is delayed in St. Petersburg in order to return her ill-starred trinket to the present owner and warn Nina, a girl who is sympathetic to him, that her husband is a villain. However, he does not find a better way to talk to her in private than it is rather careless to approach a girl at a high society ball. The prince does not dare to speak outright, and Nina does not understand his hints. She also does not know what decision at that time matured in the head of Arbenin, who was watching this scene from afar: he decides to kill his wife.

Killing Nina

A terrible event continues the summary. Lermontov's “Masquerade” is a play in which the murder of Nina takes place in the third act. Nastasya Pavlovna, hot with dancing and having forgotten about the ridiculous officer for a long time, asks her husband to bring her ice cream. He obediently goes to the pantry and pours poison into it, and then brings a saucer to his wife. This poison was proven and fast-acting, so on the same night Nina dies in terrible agony.

Eugene goes crazy

We describe the fourth action, its brief content. “Masquerade” of Lermontov ends very effectively. Friends and acquaintances come to say goodbye to Nina. Arbenin, giving the servants of the visitors, wanders in gloomy solitude through the empty house. Zvezdich, as well as an unknown gentleman who predicted a misfortune to Arbenin a few days ago at a masquerade, find him in one of the rooms. Predicted - his old acquaintance. Yevgeny Aleksandrovich once beat him, ravaged and letting him go around the world. Having learned from personal experience what this Lermontov “Masquerade” character is capable of, the unknown at Zvezdich openly declares that Arbenina did not die at all by her own death. Eugene is terrified, the shock for some time takes away from him the gift of speech. Zvezdich, taking advantage of the pause, sets out in detail the true story of the fatal bracelet. He gives Evgeny as evidence the written evidence of the Baroness. Eugene goes crazy. However, he manages, before plunging forever into the darkness of madness, to drop the charge of cruelty to God.

Zvezdich inconsolable

The unknown triumphs: he is avenged. However, Zvezdich inconsolable. In the present state of Eugene, the duel is impossible. This means that Zvezdich, a young man, full of hopes and strength, is a handsome man, forever deprived of honor and calm. So ends M. Lermontov's drama “Masquerade” - a play about the St. Petersburg society of the 1830s. Today you can watch a ballet based on this work. The music for Lermontov’s drama “Masquerade” (waltz) was written by A. Khachaturian.