Inside Dr. Coppélius' dark, spooky house, the girls search for
Coppélia. They find her behind a curtain - and are shocked to
learn that she's only a mechanical doll. They laugh to think that
Franz should have fallen for a mannequin. They soon discover
other dolls, and they have fun with some of them. Dr. Coppélius
chases the girls from his house - all except Swanilda, left behind
the curtain that also hides Coppélia.
Franz arrives, hoping to find Coppélia, and the Doctor confronts
him. As Franz explains that he wants to meet the attractive girl,
Dr. Coppélius gets an idea. He offers Franz a drink (in which he
has put a sleeping powder). Franz falls asleep, and Dr. Coppélius
begins his plan - he will instill Franz's life force in Coppélia. He
is thrilled when Coppélia does come to life! Finally he has
someone real to share his lonely life. The truth, though, is that it
is Swanilda, pretending to be Coppélia in order to rescue Franz.
Sounds of activity outside announce the morning. Swanilda
rouses the drowsy Franz, reveals to Coppélius that she's not the
doll, and escapes from the house with Franz.
The villagers are surprised when Swanilda (dressed as Coppélia)
and Franz stumble from Coppélius' house -they're about to be
married, but they're not dressed for the ceremony. They rush off
to prepare. Finally the two are married, but Dr. Coppélius
interrupts, demanding compensation for the damage Swanilda
caused. She offers her dowry, but her father intercedes to pay.
The village joins Franz and Swanilda in celebrating their
wedding. Even Dr. Coppélius can share their joy!
Swanilda's fiancé, Franz, comes with flowers. Not
finding her, he's irritable and leaves. As evening falls,
the Burgomeister dances with his wife; eventually
everyone joins in. Franz tries again to endear himself to
Swanilda, but to no avail.Swanilda notices that
Coppélius has dropped his keys.Not finding Swanilda at
home, Franz is about to leave when he spots Coppélia's
book. Dr. Coppélius returns, searches for his key, and
notices that his door is open. He enters the house to
investigate. Franz gets a ladder and climbs to the
balcony, intending to return the book to Coppélia.