After Alisdair reads a message containing on the piano key, he furiously returns home and cuts off Ada's index finger. He then sends her to Baines with her severed finger in the cloth, telling her if Ada attempts to see Baines ever again, he will chop off more fingers. After Flora screams "MOTHER!!", the screen cuts to black and the credits roll.
Alisdair decides to send Ada and Flora away after she recovers from her injuries. Ada, Flora, George, and the piano set sail for Nelson. Along the way, Ada announces that she wants the piano to be tossed overboard, since it is "spoiled". As the piano descends into the depths, Ada slips her foot into the rope still tied to the piano and, subsequently, she is pulled overboard with the piano. As she descends with the piano, she suddenly realizes that she still wants to live. She kicks off the boot around which the rope is caught and swims to the surface where the natives pull her back onto the boat. Ada, Flora, and George settle in Nelson. In a voiceover, Ada says that George has fashioned a metal finger for her so that she can play and teach piano and that she is learning to speak again but is shy about it. She prances on a porch, practicing her vocal sounds, her head covered so that no one can see her. George steps into the picture, and the two of them embrace. In the final scene, Ada is reflecting over her piano "in its ocean grave" and pictures herself floating above it, saying in narration that she loves the sense of silence this gives her. The scene cuts to the piano, which can be seen at the bottom of the ocean. As the camera pulls back, we see the boot that Ada kicked off, floating above the piano. As the camera continues to pull back, we see an image of Ada herself tied to the piano, dead. Ada's voice then recites the first three lines of Thomas Hood's poem "Silence," as the screen fades to black: "There is a silence where hath been no sound/There is a silence where no sound may be/In the cold grave--under the deep, deep sea..."