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Marlowe enters Vivian's room, which is lavishly decorated in modern furniture. Marlowe is impressed by Vivian's beauty, but thinks that she's "trouble."
Vivian wants to know why her father hired Marlowe. She attempts to get Marlowe to tell her whether her father wants Marlowe to find out what happened to Rusty.
Then she explains that one day out of the blue Rusty got up and left without saying a word to anyone, and that later his car was found in a garage. Marlowe says he wasn't hired to look for Rusty, and his "tough guy" act gets on Vivian's nerves.
After leaving the Sternwood mansion, Marlowe looks out over the Sternwoods' oilfields. Thunder sounds in the distance. Marlowe heads to the Hollywood Public Library to do research on rare books.