Andre begins to experience blurring vision in his right eye due to the stress he must put on it ever since his left eye became blind. Fersen visits Oscar, and figures out that she was the unnamed woman he danced with. Oscar runs from him in tears. The two of them agree never to meet again because Fersen cannot return her feelings for him. Andre temporarily experiences a moment of blindness. He rides out into Paris and joins in the merrymaking of the French Guards for an entire night to take his mind off of the knowledge that he will eventually go blind. Oscar quits the Royal Guards because she wants to do riskier jobs in order to ensure that she will always live life as a man. She dismisses Andre, telling him that she wants to be able to live independently. In his desperation that he will never see Oscar again if he becomes blind, Andre assaults her, forcefully kissing her and ripping her shirt before regaining his senses. He then apologizes and confesses his love to her, saying that no matter what she does, she will always remain a woman.