Sara is at her Vassar College Reunion and they are playing a parlor game. She asks her old roommate if they are the only two old maids left. Her friend then introduces her to Milton, her fiance. I guess that means Sara is the only “old maid” left from her class. She tells Sara she did not tell her before because she thought she might not approve. Makes me wonder what she is alluding to. Were they feminists who had sworn off marriage? Were they lesbians in their college days? It could be anything, and my curiosity is peaked.
Her friend then whispers to her that she and her fiance have “done it.” I would assume in the late 1800s this would be shocking news, but then again maybe not. Perhaps single people “did it” more than we realize in those days. Sara looks at her very peculiarly and her friend says one day she will know what she is talking about. She asks Sara if she has a beau and she says she does but it’s only just begun. I know where this is going, and I’m right. She tells her friend her beau is a doctor. I foresee a future event involving this “fib”.
“A Nice Girl”
Moore’s grandmother is attempting to set him up with a “nice girl”. It’s quite obvious that he wants nothing to do with this girl. The scene does give us some insight into his background though. We learn that he and his father rarely speak and that at some point in the past his brother drowned. The young woman, Caroline (who he mistakenly calls Madeline), says she is scared of the sea because it’s unpredictable. Moore says it was not the water’s fault, but an unsteady sailor’s. His does not come across as being upset by his brother’s death at all.
After seeing a pigeon fly off his window sill, Moore rushes to Kreizler to tell him about some memories that have returned. He shares the info about Giorgio vanishing from a third story window with no fire escape. Moore tells him that Sally said he “flew away” even though he had no wings. He also remembers he had a rich client with a silver smile. Kreizler decides he needs to talk to Sally himself.
The Hunt for Information Continues
Moore takes Kreizler out looking for Sally. When they spot him on the street he takes off running. When they catch up to him the doctor tells him they just want to talk. Sally leads them into an alley. Kreizler is interested in why Sally is working the street instead of in Paresis Hall. Sally says in the brothel they have to give most of their money to Kelly and Biff. Kreizler then asks about the boys dressing like girls. He says boys will do things real girls won’t do. Sally also tells him that over time you learn who to trust. After talking to Sally, Kreizler begins thinking that Giorgio went willingly to the bridge with someone he trusted.
Kreizler is surrounded by many books and pictures when his servant Cyrus (Robert Wisdom) brings him some more books. The doctor asks him to sit down and he picks up a picture of a brutally murdered woman. The picture is labeled “Mary Jane Kelly” and I have to wonder if she is related to Paul Kelly, the owner of Paresis Hall.
We learn that Kreizler testified at Cyrus’s murder trial. He told the court that seeing a woman beaten brought back memories of how his own mother died. That this set off an uncontrollable rage in him. Kreizler asks him if he agrees with this and Cyrus says he would agree with anything that kept the noose away from his neck. Kreizler makes Cyrus tell him what it’s like to kill a man. He reluctantly says the thing he remembers most is the pleasure it gave him.