Clara, an English teacher, is interviewed and promptly discounted, but a little later Castella comes across her again as an actress and is completely mesmerised by her performance in Racine's "Bérénice". From this point on he endeavours to meet her, breaking into her social circle, where he is politely ridiculed. Meanwhile his relationship with his wife, which had already become distant, is failing completely, her main emotional interest seeming to be her dog.
For his English homework he writes Clara a poem, expressing his fondness for her (she corrects the English!), but she says that she feels nothing for him. However, these experiences have mellowed him and meanwhile Clara is reassessing her life and comes to realise that Castella may have a place in it.
The French are very good at producing these human comedies that reflect real life.