Lomov calls on his neighbor Choobukov to ask to wed his daughter Natalyia. Choobukov expresses his pleasure and departs in search of Natalyia, who enters unaware of Lomov’s intentions. Embarrassed, Lomov tries to make conversation but instead of coming to the all-important point, he causes a fierce argument climaxing in a trio rich in insults and abuse. Offended and greatly depressed, Lomov staggers off. When Natalyia discovers Lomov’s intents, she immediately falls into a swoon and demands that he be brought back. When Lomov returns, they have another argument and he collapses. He is revived and Choobukov hastily unites the two.