This short scene moves the story along as the night is almost over, and Old Deuteronomy is to choose who goes to the Heaviside Layer.
After Mistoffelees successfully bring Old Deuteronomy back to the tribe, Jemima notices that it is nearly dawn, and the night is nearly finished. Munkustrap explains to the Jellicles that Old Deuteronomy will now make the Jellicle Choice. Before the patriarch can commence, Grizabella interrupts. Old Deuteronomy lets Grizabella speak, which leads into Memory.
See the dew on a sunflower.
And a rose that is fading,
Roses wither away.
Like the sunflower,
I yearn to turn my face to the dawn.
I am waiting,
For the day.
Now, Old Deuteronomy, just before dawn,
Through a silence you feel you could cut with a knife,
Announces the cat who can now be reborn
And come back to a different Jellicle Life.