Three girls are locked in the cellar of a mental asylum. Baby weeps in Effie's arms. Billie winces on the bed. A hooded figure emerges and drags Baby offstage.
Scene 4: Why should I help you?
Libby is a prostitute. She was once incarcerated in the asylum; she complains to Violet Monkshed, an activist for conditions in institutions, about the conditions at the asylum, yet is faced with snobbery.
Scene 5: Effie's monologue
Baby repeats the address of the asylum to herself before Effie sits beside her. Billie frightens her, then cackles as she leaves. Baby stares intently at Effie and asks where Libby is. Effie repeats the question, directing it at the audience.
Scene 6: Scandal
Libby convinced Violet to help her. Violet explains how two of her children were stillborn in a powerful monologue.
Effie explains how Baby is dependent on her. Baby is asleep on her lap throughout the scene.
Libby shows Violet a newspaper which describes how she was found in the asylum and left on the street with no one. Violet empathises with her and is shocked to hear how a young girl was betrayed by professionals.