Esther is dimly aware that she's being pulled out of the ground. The next thing she knows, she's in a room filled with people. She can't see.
She's in a hospital room. Her eye has been injured, and it's bandaged.
Her mother and brother come to visit her. When they ask her how she feels, she says she feels the same.
An old acquaintance from her church, George Bakewell, visits her. He's now a doctor at the hospital she's staying at. Esther tells him to leave her alone.
Esther asks a nurse to see a mirror. The nurse refuses at first, then relents. Esther is amused by what she sees in the mirror, but when she cracks a smile, she drops the mirror, irritating the nurses.
Esther is transferred to a city hospital, where she's placed in the psychiatric ward. Her roommate in the ward, Mrs. Tomolillo, takes an instant dislike to her.
One of the attendants comes in to serve food. Esther kicks him.
A nurse comes in to take Esther's temperature. Irritated, Esther kicks the nurse's thermometers to the floor. Esther is transferred out of the ward to a separate room for more severe cases.