The princess vouches that the vicar granted her marriage to Don Clavijo. Her mother dies three days later of a broken heart. Sancho confirms she did die, and she didn't just swoon with the news.
The queen had a cousin who was both a giant and an enchanter. Angered by her death, he took revenge on the newlyweds. He turned Clavijo and his wife into metal statues--Clavijo in the form of a crocodile, and his wife into an ape. He vows they won't revert until Manchegan battles him.
He is about to kill the duennas, but the Countess pleads with him. Instead, he punishes them by making them grow beards. However, she says this punishment was by far worse. Who can love a bearded duenna?