At home that night, Bernice is forced to confront her flabbergasted aunt. Mrs. Harvey is terribly dismayed – it turns out that Draycott Deyo's mother, who's particularly opposed to bobbed hair, was planning on throwing a party for Bernice and Marjorie, a plan that's now ruined.
At dinner, everyone is uncomfortable. Bernice tried to fix her hair with a curling iron, but failed miserably. Her aunt and uncle are both upset, and all through the meal, Bernice has to face her cousin's mocking smile.
The evening passes, and Marjorie goes off with a boy as Bernice attempts halfheartedly to entertain some callers.
That night as they're getting ready for bed, Marjorie issues an irritatingly fake apology. Now that she's won, she's all sweetness and condescending kindness.
As they're talking, Marjorie cruelly shows off her long, beautiful, blond hair, braiding it in front of the mirror.
Bernice imagines what everyone will say the next day, knowing that they'll all be laughing at her.
With a final effort, Bernice says she likes the haircut. Marjorie, dismissive, tells her not to worry about the whole thing.
The cousins say goodnight and part ways. When Marjorie leaves, something changes in Bernice. She immediately leaps up and packs all of her things and gets dressed to leave.
Bernice writes a brief note to her aunt explaining her departure, and plans to leave town on a one o'clock train. She steadies herself, and the same look of determination that she had in the barbershop appears on her face.
Silently, Bernice picks up something from her dresser, and creeps into Marjorie's room. There, she calmly cuts off one, then the other of Marjorie's long braids with a pair of shears.
Bernice flees the crime scene, Marjorie's pigtails in hand. She feels strangely exhilarated, and as she walks down the street to get a taxi, she has the unusual urge to burst out laughing.
In front of Warren's house, she sets down her luggage for a minute, and hurls Marjorie's two braids onto his porch, and laughs wildly. Satisfied, she picks her baggage up and runs off.