Margarita tells Ramona that she is not General Moreno’s daughter.
Beatriz wonders if Felipe will like her dress. Perpetua thinks she’s a little pale. Poor Ramona, she’s probably very nervous. Perpetua says you can tell that she’s in love and very passionate. Fernando is lucky to have such a hot blooded rich woman. Beatriz thinks it’s going to be difficult for her to leave her family and home . Perptua says she’s used to living far, and besides it’s good that she’ll be gone to leave the way free for her. Now she’ll have Felipe to herself. She doesn’t understand why Dona Ramona is in such a hurry to get rid of her daughter. She understand why the Coronado’s accepted the situation, there’s a lot of money involved. But, as for Dona Ramona, she’s intrigued. Has Felipe mentioned anything? No, says Beatriz. Perpetua says she’s very mysterious. Maybe she’s taking after the family already, with the secrets. Bea coughs.
Margarita says maybe she heard wrong. She recalls the conversation between Padre Salvatierra and Dona Ramona. The Padre says “ Forget about the past. Treat Ramona like Felipe even if she wasn’t the fruit of your relationship with General Moreno.” Ramona says she doesn’t want to dirty his memory. Fortunately, he died without knowing about Ramona.
Margarita says Padre told Dona Ramona that she was as much her child as Felipe even if she wasn’t the General’s daughter.
Ramona is telling Marta she’s going to miss Ramona. She won over her heart.
If the General isn’t her father, who could it be? Mago didn’t hear any more. Felipe comes.
Dona Ramona says she feels its best for Ramona to go far away, for her and Felipe.
Marta says maybe she should have told her that she and Felipe weren’t brother and sister. They could have married and stayed living on the hacienda. No, never says Dona Ramona. Ramona was in love with Alejandro not Felipe. This wedding is the her liberation. Her cross she carried is over. It caused her so much sufffering. She’ll be able to sleep. With Fernando she’ll be gone and settled (harina de otra costal), even if it she had to sell her soul to the devil.
What a thing to say, says Marta. The truth. She commited a crime. She’ll burn in hell.
Ramona says she can’t hide how she feels. It’s the worst day of her life. She’ll leave here married to someone she doesn’t love and with the memory of betrayal. She can’t avoid it, she remembers Alejandro and goes from love to hate. She’s leaving full of doubts. Does he remember their father? No, not really, he was young when he died, why? She’s overly sensitive and remembering their youth. She thinks back to when she heard that she lost her mother and father the same day. What is she thinking about? Nothing. Felipe says it won’t be so terrible. When they live in Spurtown he’ll go to visit them and if they go to DF he’ll visit them there too. He’ll always love her more than anyone in this world. She loves him too.
Felipe escorts Ramona down the aisle. She looks like she’s going to the gallows. Fernando is smiling. There are many guests present. They kneel and Fern looks over, she avoids his look.
Matea tells Manuela they ran into someone from the hacienda and she told them a lie. She tried to keep them apart. Manuela says it was for nothing because now he’s gone to get her. Matea says only death is permanent.
The wedding mass begins. Padre Sarria is impressing on them the commitment of marriage. They must respect each other, the woman must guard her body and not take too much pleasure, the man must defend the honor of his wife and children. He asks if Fernando accepts Ramona as wife, he says yes. Does Ramona accept Fernando? (pause)
Alejandro breaks through the guards. He rides up to the chapel door.He yells "Ramona, I’ve come for you. Let’s go!"
She drops the flowers and jumps on the horse. Dona Ramona faints.
She says “you finally got here”. He says he couldn’t come earlier
Felipe orders them not to shoot. Ramona says they’ll see each other again one day. The take off.
Fernando picks up the rifle and aims to shoot. Felipe pulls the gun out of his hand and says he could shoot Ramona by mistake. Fernando is furious that he didn’t detain them. Felipe tells Juan that no one is to stop them, let them go. Everyone is in shock! Analupe asks Felipe how he could let them go. He shrugs her off.Fernando says Felipe permitted them to run off.
Dona Ramona wakes up and wants to know what happened to Ramona. Don Ruy tells her that Alejandro the Indian came and they ran off together. He says Dona Ramona deceived all of them.
Dona Ramona goes out and tells Fernando to chase them. He tells her that Felipe permitted them to escape. She wants to know where the peons are. They tell her Felipe also called them off. She goes to see where he is. Analupe comments that Alejandro didn’t kidnap her, she went willingly with him.
Ramona and Alejandro ride away trying to avoid the guards (his injuries are not in evidence)
Dona Ramona goes to find Felipe and he’s locked in his room. He screams for him to open up, she’s furious. She says she’ll never forigve him for what he’s done. How can she forgive the scandal, the dishonor, the gossip. She could expected this from Ramona, not from him. He’s betrayed his principles, his name, he’s not worthy of being her son.. Felipe tells her that Ramona’s love was greater than anything. Nothing could detain her. Dona Ramona says she’s a bastard. He says he won’t permit her to speak of her that way. She never should heave let her stay. She disturbed the peace of the house. She shouldn’t have accepted her even with the promise she made. What promise? Marta comes in bringing the smelling salts. Dona Ramona asks how she’s going to face the Coronados and the guests. He’ll do it. She tells him he’s no longer the amo of the hacienda. How could anyone respect him? Felipe says he respects himself and that’s enough. He did what he thought was right and he’s not sorry. The dishoner and shame doesn’t matter, the happiness of his sister is what’s important. She’s not your sister, says Dona Ramona. From today on she’s dead for her.
Analupe comes in and tells Fernando everyone wants to talk to him. Fernando is furious. Everyone is talking. It’s infamy and they fell for it like children. Padre Sarria tries to calm them, but Fernando asks him to leave since he sympathizes with the Yahi’s. Ruy apologizes but asks to speak to him alone. Fernando says he’ hates her, but even more Dona Ramona since she said she had Alejandro killed. Ruy says he believes Dona Ramona. Felipe is the one who’s wrong, he could have stopped her. Fernando says Dona Ramona trapped them. Fernando wants to leave. He doesn’t want to see the other guests.
Dona Ramona asks Marta for Norteno. He’s disappeared she says. She knows why. He’s afraid. He lied and told her he had killed Alejandro, she had ordered him, he’s a coward. If he steps foot there again she’ll kill him with her own hands as her name is Ramona Gonzaga! Marta is appalled.
Perpetua asks Beatriz if she knew. Yes, Felipe told her recently. He told her that Ramona had fallen in love with Alejandro. Felipe is desolate. Perpetua thinks he’s an accomplice with his sister. It serves her right to go live like a savage in the hills. She’ll return soon asking to be let back. Beatriz doesn’t think so.
Padre tells Felipe he knew about the romance. He was very concerned. It was crazy. Felipe says he thinks like his mother. He became convinced that they were truly in love and helped them. Father says he’s worried about her living in the village. There’s been a lot of trouble there. They hung Pepe. Felipe is surprised and says he gave him a gold nugget for his marriage. Padre says that nugget aroused the interest of the Americans. They took him in town and hung him. Alejandro assassinated one of the Americans, then he left before they took Pablo Assis prisoner. What happened next? He dosen’t know because he was called away. Felipe realizes his sister is in danger.
Alejandro and Ramona are embracing. She thought this day would never come. She was waiting for him that day. Lots of things happened. He’s bleeding, but nothing hurts him now. He loves her with all his soul. She does too.
Felipe had heard different reports from the village. A woman told them that Alejandro was marrying. That’s why Ramona decided to marry Fernando. Padre says Alejandro should never have come there, and Ramona should not have left with him. His mother must be in a terrible state. Felipe says she even called Ramona a bastard. He says when people are angry they often say things they don’t mean. Imagine, her daughter left during mass and escaped with an Indian. What a scandal!
Felipe says everyone should be entitled to choose who they spend their life with, it’s the least you should be allowed to determine. Padre thinks that’s modern thinking. In Mexican culture children owe their parents their respect. Right now, he’s only concerned about Ramona and the dangers she could come to in the village. He asks the priest to look out for her. He accepts.
In Spurtown the Sheriff is wants to find out if Alejandro is still alive. He asks the drunk Mexican to go find out. Billy sees him leaving and asks him to stop for a drink with him to get some news.
Dona Ramona is asking for forgiveness from Ruy. She doesn’t have words to express her feelings. She asked to have Alejandro killed and he told her he had done it. She never lied to them. Ruy says he’s always respected and admired her. He thought they deserved the same. Now they must break their friendship. She understands and appreciates how he politely he speaks with her. She breaks down and cries. She asks that he convince his son to forget this affront. All his friends will laugh and make fun of him. He cannot support her, his family will not accept it. Dona Ramona says he would feel better if he knew that Ramona was not …..like she wished she would be. He says he hopes that time will help smooth over some of their differences. He understands she’s not to blame for what’ s happened.
Billy is drinking with the Mexican. Davis wants him to go and pushes the old man. Billy tells him to leave the guy alone and ask to have him served another drink. Jack pulls a gun to his head and orders the Mexican out. He tells him if he wants to stay he shouldn’t interfere with the law. The bartender says he won’t permit Indians or Mexicans in his place. One of the waitresses says Billy is a renegade because he’s courting a Mexican. What difference does that make, asks Doris. Because America is for Americans says the other one. They are American too, she’s ignorant. America is from Alaska to Patagonia, or didn’t she go to school? They get into a fight and are separated. Doris says she was merely giving her geography classes.
Marta tells Mago to hurry and get the food out for the guests. Mago thinks it’s incredible that they stayed after what happened today. They stayed to gossip. No, it’s far and it’s not right for them to leave with an empty stomach. Mago is happy because Ramona was so unhappy today when she was going to marry Fernando . Marta says its not such a happy ending. Dona Ramona is about to have an attack, the Cornodos are fuming, no matter what it, was terrible that Alejandro came. Will they marry or not? Who knows. She’s worried about Ramona. She’s not used to working. Mago says she’s not the General’s daughter, she told her before she left for the chapel. Marta is furious with her. How could she? They could be fired. No one will know says Mago. Marta tells her everything will be known sooner or later. She’s got to promise never to say that again. Then it’s true? Yes, and if she loves her parents she cannot repeat it and not to Felipe or Dona Ramona. Who’s her father? She’ll never tell. As far as she knows she’s the General’s daughter.
Perpetua says goodbye to the Coronados. Beatriz offers Fernando his gifts to Ramona from Felipe. He says he can go to hell. Don Cesar says he hopes this won’t affect their relationship. Analupe says that soon they will be related to the Moreno’s and who knows what secret Felipe has? Ruy stops her. She says they seem like good people but are perverse. Who knows what else they hide. He says she’s feeling very bad right now too, please forgive her.
Ramona is kissing Alejandro. She says they’ll get married. He says as soon as Padre Sarria gets to the village. He’ll be her husband and she’ll be his wife forever.