As Hermione tries to defend herself in open court, the oracle is read and she is declared chaste and Polixenes innocent. Leontes pronounces the oracle false, and a messenger rushes in with news that Mamillius has died. Hermione swoons and is carried off by Paulina and others, while, at the same time, Leontes repents. Paulina enters with news that Hermione is dead. Leontes vows to spend the rest of his life grieving for the deaths of his wife and son.