In part three Kovalyov's nose, after parading around the town disguised as a state councilor and causing sensation wherever it went, suddenly returns to his face. Kovalyov wakes up in the morning, looks in the mirror, and his nose is exactly where it's supposed to be. He is overjoyed, and can't wait to show off his returned proboscis. He has Ivan the barber give him a shave- exhorting him to be careful of his nose- and then heads out into the city. There Kovalyov swanks around, looking mockingly at people who have small unimpressive noses, and congratulating himself on his imposing one. Soon he is back to his old ways, swaggering about self-importantly, chasing pretty girls, and buying ribbons to festoon his fake military medals. It's almost as though the unpleasant nose incident never occurred... and maybe it didn't.