Tender is the Night Book Two, Chapter Fourteen Summary
Dick and Nicole have been at the clinic for about a year and a half now. Nicole is active and productive, but is too dependant on Dick. She is somewhat vacant and alone as a result, even with her kids.
Lanier and Dick have nice times together – the boy fully admires his father.
Dick is 38 now. He looks more like a doctor than he did on the Riviera.
He and Nicole have made the clinic a success, due in part to their tending to the beauty of the grounds.
Many of the patients prefer Dick to Franz, but some think he doesn’t give them proper attention.
Dick visits his favorite patient – a female American painter who had a breakdown in Paris and was brought to the clinic by her cousin. Now she is wasting away physically, with awful skin disorders, though at times her mind is very keen.
Apparently her artistic exploration led to something that drove her mad, something Dick tells is "a greater sickness."
He thinks she’s too delicate for artistic exploration. He wants to love her and comfort her though. When he leaves her he visits his other patients, fires a lazy attendant, and then it’s time for lunch.