Claspington, Brindleton, Kitson and Hodgkiss gather in the sitting room together, discussing art, France, Arabic phrases, and so forth.
Meanwhile, upstairs, Foxworth hits upon the plan of coming between the Baron's daughter and the painting. As soon as he does so, she becomes agitated. "No!" she yells and tries to crane her neck around to see it, half-standing. The look on her face is one of fear and almost physical pain.
"Please," the Baron hisses. "Stop! It has been tried! She will not tolerate it!"