Please summarize all the scenes in act 1 of Le Malade Imaginaire by Moliere.

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Argan begins the action summing his doctor’s bills. Toinette, the irreverent maid, enters, scolds him, and then leaves to bring his daughter, Angélique, to him. When they arrive, the hypochondriac goes to the bathroom while Angélique sighs over her new heartthrob, Cléante. She is concerned about her father’s reaction when Cléante asks her father for her hand, as he has committed to doing. Argan returns and reveals that he has arranged a marriage for her—but her joy turns to horror when she learns it is not to Cléante. Instead, she is to marry a medical student, Thomas Diafoirus. The three of them argue about this decision, and Argan threatens to beat Toinette and force Angélique into a convent.

The act continues with a scene between Argan and his current wife, Béline, who is Angélique’s stepmother. He has decided to cut his daughter out of his will and leave everything to Béline, to which end he calls a notary. Toinette gets wind of this development and warns...

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