A week later, news reaches Pankot of the Japanese surrender. Merrick, to the great relief of Perron and Nigel Rowan, is recalled to Delhi, Perron learns that by blackmailing a young hospital orderly Merrick has gained access to Susan's psychiatric records. He also learns that his own longed-for demobilization has come through. The arrangements are supervised by Sarah Layton and, as they talk of Hari Kumar, they are drawn closer together than ever before. In the deserted Summer Residence guest house, they make love.