Alain proves to be the most talented swordfighter Oscar has ever met and will ever meet. He disarms her, but not before she cuts him, winning the duel. She later persuades General Bouille, a higher-up, to pardon the man who pawned his rifle, earning her the permanent respect of Alain and Company B. Oscar and Andre go to Paris to thank Bouille, but are attacked by peasants due to Oscar's noble status. Fersen, now an Army Colonel, is sent to suppress the riot. He pulls Oscar from the mob, but cannot find Andre. In a moment of desperation, she begs Fersen to save 'my Andre', shocking herself with her choice of words. Fersen distracts the mob from Andre, saving his life. Oscar realizes that though she still cares for Fersen, she does not love him anymore. Alain does not come back from his leave, so Oscar and Andre go to his home to deliver his pay---and find the rotting body of his sister on his bed. She had been engaged to a poor noble who abandoned her in favor of a rich lady, causing her to commit suicide. The once-spirited Alain is traumatized and refuses to go back to the French Guard. Meanwhile, the people begin demanding for the Etats-Generaux.