Elizabeth enters the room and asks him why he arrived at such a late hour. As she enters the room and serves him the audience could see that there is some tension between both John and Elizabeth. As they talked about the food John moves and makes an attempt to kiss Elizabeth however, according to the play she “received it, with a certain disappointment”. Throughout the act, anytime one of them came too close to one another, Elizabeth would appear uncomfortable and distant. As the scene continues, the audience could feel the awkwardness and tension between both of them. It becomes more apparent when they begin to talk about winter and when it will finally pass. John says “It’s winter in here yet. On Sunday let you come with me, and we’ll walk the farm together; I’ll never see such a load of flowers on earth.” Winter symbolizes the hard times that they have faced as a couple, and when summer comes with its ‘flowers’ the tough times will pass. The flowers blooming from the harsh winter symbolize a new beginnings, and happiness.