It seems like Valcour has been in love with Leontine forever. He sighs for her, and his heart burns for her, but she still does not return his affection. He is in so much pain, he fears that he might die (‘Depuis longtemps’). His reverie is interrupted by the arrival of Ophemon, who has been arranging things for them to carry out their plan. Valcour is rather worried, but Ophemon reassures him that everything is ready. Jeanette, the village girl, has everything under control. The flowers and the letter are ready to be delivered to Leontine, and Jeanette and Colin have learned the song.
Despite his support of the plan, Ophemon cannot quite understand Valcour’s motives. At first, he thought the plot was rather funny; Valcour disguising himself as a stranger and making romantic advances on Leontine, was an amusing prospect. At least that way they would be able to find out if Leontine was being truthful in saying she never wanted to take another husband, or if she simply did not
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