[The stage is quite bare, with the light-circle, as in the dream-scene in Act Two, Scene I. But with this difference: in the extreme corners of the stage are two dimly illuminated beds, containing motionless, unrecognizable figures, over which, in each corner, a doctor and a nurse are bending. These parts are doubled by the actors playing DR. THORVALD and HILDA THORVALD, and COLONEL HUSSEK and MRS. VRODNY. There is a screen at the head of each bed.]
LEFT DOCTOR. Yes, Sister? What is it?
LEFT NURSE. This chest-wound case, Doctor. He's had another haemorrhage.
LEFT DOCTOR. Let me see. . . . Hm. . . . There's nothing I can do, I'm afraid. He's sinking. What's his name?
LEFT NURSE. Eric Thorvald, Doctor.
LEFT DOCTOR. Poor fellow. Knew his father slightly. Clever man. Bit conceited.
RIGHT DOCTOR. What's her name?
RIGHT NURSE. Anna Vrodny. One of our best nurses. Do you think she'll pull through, Doctor?