Connell bumps into Marianne back in Sligo. It’s the first time they have seen each other since they broke up. Connell asks Marianne how she is and tells her he has heard that she’s now seeing Jamie. Despite the awkwardness between them, Connell offers to attend Marianne’s father’s anniversary mass the next day and they agree to stay friends.
Back in Dublin the two study hard for the Trinity Scholarship exams. On a night out after the scholarship results are announced Connell is mugged and turns to Marianne for help. On arriving at Marianne’s house, he sees that he has interrupted a get together, which includes Jamie. The party breaks up, as the rest of group go out. Connell and Marianne are left alone. He reveals that he’s seeing someone new and Marianne bursts into tears. They discuss the misunderstanding of their breakup, but it’s too late now.