Tender is the Night Book Two, Chapter Fifteen Summary
After lunch when Dick goes to Nicole she looks funny and gives him a letter to read.
A recent patient had written Nicole to complain that Dick had "seduced her daughter" when she was visiting her mother.
Dick remembers how the daughter flirted with him, and how he’d kissed her once, but then pushed her away.
He denies everything to Nicole, but she doesn’t quite believe him. He discredits the letter as from "a mental patient." Nicole is offended as she was once just such a patient.
Dick tells her to cool it and get the kids in the car for their afternoon excursion.
Nicole is quiet in the car. When they stop near the fair they are going to, and Nicole takes off. She’s obviously in a bad state but he gets her to go with them to the fair.
At the fair she runs off again and Dick chases her and finds her laughing maniacally on the Ferris wheel, alarming the crowd.
He manages to get her away and asks her why she is doing this. She says he knows – that it’s about the letter. He says she’s having a "delusion," and she says she wants a brandy. He says no, that she can only have a beer.
She accuses him of telling her she’s imagining things that he doesn’t want her to know.
He says they need to get the kids and go, and she releases a stream of incomprehensible talk. She realizes she’s losing it and begs Dick to help her.
He manages to get the family in the car, but is not sure how to handle the situation. He thinks that Nicole has to "cure herself" this time.
As they near the clinic, Nicole grabs the wheel causing the car to swerve off the road.
The kids start shrieking and Nicole starts freaking out.
Dick sends the kids up the hill to an inn to get help, while he stays in the car with Nicole.
The owner comes down to help. He sends Nicole to sit and wait with Lanier and Topsy. But Dick is afraid Nicole will get a drink at the inn and rushes up to stop her.