Perhaps, so she liked to think, his career was biding its time, again like Grant’s in Galena […] (3.13.3).
The novel refers several times to Ulysses S. Grant and thus evokes the American Civil War in addition to World War II. General Grant bought a home in Galena, Illinois, until he made his big career move and fought in the war. Dick’s home town is Buffalo, Illinois, and this is where Dick first returns when he and Nicole split up. Nicole holds out hope that Dick’s dreams and plans will come true.