Joana thinks over what Emilia said to her during labor. She understands what Emilia was trying to say—that the child is not August’s but the product of rape—but hopes that she is wrong. Dr. Richter introduces Joana to a new doctor, Dr. Wendt, and tells her the ship will soon set sail.
Now that Emilia has revealed the truth, Joana is able to deconstruct Emilia’s fantasy and finally understand what happened to her. Joana had originally assumed Emilia was raped at Nemmersdorf, but was misled by Joana’s fantasy.