Griffith has been imprisoned in a dark dungeon, suspended from his wrists, wearing only his trousers and his Behelit. The King enters the room with a whip. He tells Griffith how disappointed he is by his actions, having had high hopes for the young general. He uses the whip on Griffith, who makes no noise, and almost seems detached from the whole situation. The King continues whipping Griffith as he goes on about how he loves his young, yet impulsive daughter, and how he feels defeated when he compares himself to the scope of life, how, despite the war with Chuder having come to a close, another is sure to break out. The King states that Griffith has stolen his only source of warmth in the world.
Griffith suddenly understands why the King never made any wedding arrangement form Charlotte, deducing that the King harbors a secret lust for Charlotte and is motivated more by jealousy towards Griffith rather than justice for social taboo. Furthermore, Griffith explains to the King that his kingdom's prosperity was the work of not him, but his advisors and military experts. Griffith's words cause the King to furiously whip Griffith until finally exhausted. The King commands his torturer, a small, deformed man with a harelip and protruding forehead, to inflict the worse sort of pain on Griffith for as long as he breathes while keeping him alive.
After ordering his guards to ensure the secrecy of Griffith's transgression to the point of killing those who spreads rumors of his daughter's having sex with Griffith, the King leaves while telling Griffith that his ambitions have been grounded and will never rise again. The King visits Charlotte in her room, his daughter having been sedated from crying upon learning of Griffith's arrest. The King looks over Charlotte's body, considering the fact that Griffith has seen and experienced every part of it. Trembling, the King unlaces Charlotte's gown so as to see her breasts. He is overcome with lust, and Charlotte wakes to the touch of her father's tongue to her nipple. She exclaims in fear and disgust. Griffith sits alone in the dungeon, chained to a wall, as the realization that his dream will forever be unattainable sets in.