John returns to his seat by the Mintons. They're still reading their book.
The Mintons ask John who it was he was talking to. Guess they overheard Crosby mention to John that they were Communist sympathizers. Oh, awkward.
John tells them, but Minton corrects Crosby's claim. He says he was fired for "pessimism" and that Communism was a non-issue.
Then Claire corrects her husband's correction. She says she got him fired when she wrote a letter to the New York Times. The letter claimed "Americans couldn't imagine what it was like to be something else, to be something else and proud of it" (44.14).