On the train ride back to King City, Adam feels young and free.
In town he stops by Will Hamilton's garage. Looks like he wants to buy one of those new-fangled Model-T automobiles. And because Adam was such a good friend to the family (and because he is going to pay in cash), Will puts him at the top of the waiting list.
Adam starts to notice things again, and he chants out loud that he is free of Kate; he is eager to get home to see his sons.
Lee comes out to greet him and seems to notice a change. Adam goes inside and cleans the smell of rum off of him before going to talk to Lee.
He tells Lee about last night's escapades and his newfound freedom.
He also notices for the first time that Lee is no longer young. Lee asks him if, since he's back to being alive and all, Adam will let him leave.
He still wants to open up a bookstore in San Francisco.
Adam assents, but first wants to get acquainted with his sons and his property, and he needs Lee's help for that.
Sure, says Lee. But he asks permission to go to Salinas the following day to scatter papers and put a roast pig on the grave of his father, as is Chinese custom. At this Adam gets up quickly and knocks over his cup.