Argument: Telimena's hunting plans. The little gardener prepares to enter fashionable society & listens to her guardian's precepts. The return of the hunters. Tadeusz experiences a great shock. A second encounter at the Shrine of Musings. A reconciliation mediated by a swarm of ants. The case of the hunt is argued at table. The Chief Steward's tale of Reytan & the Prince de Nassau interrupted. A shadowy figure with a key. The ensuing brawl. The Count and Gerwazy hold a council of war.