The Palace Square. The crowd awaits the exciting attempt to solve the Riddle. The Princess tries to save the hero from his rash adventure.
He refuses, and declares 'Your secret thought is dead; it died last night. Bid it farewell'. From the Travelling Companion's cloak he takes the Wizard's head. The Princess exclaims in relief, the people shout, and all is rejoicing. After the folk have gone in to enjoy the King's hospitality, John and the Princess remain on the palace steps, the Travelling Companion in the centre. 'Come in with us!' say John and his bride. But the Companion turns quietly away and goes through the gate into the distance. The scene darkens-we see a vision of the church. There is the bier, and there the dead man on it. The bells ring slowly. It is the reward of gratitude.