Mary questions her nurse in the asylum about what life was like for her. Nurse Delia summons all her strength to reveal something about herself, her run to the north and what it meant to her own mother as well to be a free person and one who could be proud of her professional work. Delia understands Mary’s need to secure her own freedom from her confinement. The
song is a dramatic moment that is riveting for Mary and inspires her to continue to fight for her own freedom as a woman.