Description:00 36 13 00 Italy, 1910s. Cabinet meeting. A minister seated at the table reads aloud a newspaper article which implicates a member of the government, on counts of adultery and mishandling money. The Ministers are outraged; at the same moment, the minister concerned in the affair enters. The incriminated Minister appears in front of his colleagues, who immediately slather advice, shame, and contempt on him. The minister meets himself abandoned by his own. He collapses in tears in the office out of despair over his political ruin. Later, in front of a chic villa, servants load luggage into a car, ready to depart on a journey, or possibly move. The maid embraces her mistress and cries over her departure. Separation.