Hart's girlfriend receives a scholarship offer in England. He tries to persuade her to stay with him, so she suggests he come to England with her, which he refuses.
Awaiting her decision on whether to accept the scholarship or stay there with Hart, she asks him to go with her to Kingsfield's empty classroom which she describes as a "temple of reason".
Hart leaves angrily, but Golden talks him into seeing her before she leaves. As she leaves, Bell is there to comfort his friend Hart.
True to form, Hart announces that he needs to check on what assignments Golden has for him and then he will study for Kingsfield's seminar.