Oh, hey, remember Helene? She’s back, and she’s on the horns of a dilemma. Since she’s been chilling with the court, she’s traveled from Petersburg to Vilno and back again. In Petersburg she caught the eye of an old VIP dude, and in Vilno she got together with a young foreign prince.
What to do, what to do.
She basically lays it all out there for both these guys, saying that she’ll be with whichever one wants to marry her. Which they both immediately say they want to do.
On top of all of this, she converts to Catholicism. She gets that this is because she’s really rich and the Jesuits are hoping to get some of that money for their various institutions, but she decides to make them work for it by getting her a divorce from Pierre.