Gwendolen sends for Daniel again. He sits by her. She asks if anyone else needs to know what happened. Daniel says it won't help anything.
She asks if it was possible that she could have saved Grandcourt. Daniel doesn't think so – if Grandcourt could swim, he probably had a cramp and it would have been too hard for Gwendolen to save him.
Gwendolen tells him there's still more to the story – Grandcourt should have married someone else.
Daniel tells Gwendolen that it's possible for her to become a better person than she's ever been. He also tells her that they will return to England ASAP.
Gwendolen asks Daniel if he would have thought the same of her if he met her now as he did when he met her at Leubronn. He says probably.
Gwendolen begs Daniel not to wish that he had never met her. Daniel says he would hate himself for thinking that.
Daniel leaves. Gwendolen bursts into tears, and is still crumpled up in a heap on the floor when people come into her room the next day. They think it's normal for a woman whose husband just died to seem so sad.