The end is near. It begins with Betty. She leaves the party and is met by Miss L. at the elevator.
"She had on a light-blue dress that was very much a party dress. She dressed for things, he realized."
"Won't you have a soda, please? he begged. The party dress had given his simplified mind its cue and he delighted in the boy-and-girl argument that followed."
"I've quit the Miss Lonelyhearts job. I haven't been in the office in almost a week."
"What are you going to do?"
"I'm going to look for a job in an advertising agency."
"He was not deliberately lying. He was only trying to say what she wanted to hear. The party dress was so gay and charming, light blue with a frothy lace collar flecked with pink, like the collar of her soda."
"She began to talk under her sobs. She was pregnant. She was going to have a baby."
"He begged the party dress to marry him, saying all the things it expected to hear, all the things that went with strawberry sodas and farms in Connecticut. He was just what the party dress wanted him to be: simple and sweet, whimsical and poetic, a trifle collegiate yet very masculine."
"She agreed to have the child."
"When her door closed behind him, he smiled. The rock had been thoroughly tested and had been found perfect. He had only to climb aboard the bed again."
The final chapter awaits!