After Soames forced his way into her bed, Irene packs her bags and has moved into a small hotel. She refuses to move in with Philip Bosinney fearing that it would ruin his career. When he learns what Soames did to her the previous night, Philip goes out in a rage but fails to return as promised. The following day is the scheduled court case between Soames and Philip but the architect fails to appear and loses the case. His disappearance is soon explained when the police inform the family that he was run over by a carriage in the heavy fog. With no place to go, Irene returns home but informs Soames that it is to be for one night only and promptly the next day, leaves his house forever.