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After the dance, Marjorie and Bernice go home together. They don't have much to say to each other, and even though they're cousins, they're certainly not friends.
Marjorie, in fact, doesn't have any real female friends – she thinks other girls are stupid.
Sadly, Bernice had been hoping that they would be best friends. She is sorely disappointed in her cousin as a result.
As Bernice brushes her teeth and gets ready for bed, she wonders about the problem of her lack of popularity away from home. In her hometown, Eau Claire, she's a big success – however, it's never occurred to her that this might be due to the fact that her family is incredibly wealthy and important. Hmm…
Bernice doesn't understand why she's not popular at the dances here (the poor girl doesn't even realize that the only reason she has dance partners is that Marjorie arranges them!).
She does see that other girls who are less socially significant and pretty than she is sometimes have more luck with the guys, even back in Eau Claire; this, she attributes to their innate cheapness. Huh – might it actually be her snobby attitude that's at the root of this problem?
On her way to bed, Bernice decides to stop and say hello to her Aunt Josephine, Marjorie's mom. Outside the door, though, she discovers that her cousin is already in there.
The topic of conversation is Bernice herself. Marjorie is in the midst of a long rant about how she simply can't make her cousin popular – she's too boring.
Mrs. Harvey, being of a different generation, doesn't understand what Marjorie is so upset about. To her, any girl who's well-bred and pretty should automatically be popular. Her daughter attempts to explain why it's so important in these modern times to attain popularity.
Marjorie half-jokingly says that Bernice's dullness must be a result of her Native American blood, claiming that Indian women weren't very exciting. Her mother laughs this off – we get the idea that Bernice's "crazy Indian blood" (34) is something of a family secret.
On this note, Marjorie and her mother say goodnight. When Marjorie emerges, Bernice is nowhere to be seen.