The sisters (along with their mother) move to a different apartment in Harlem. This is in the midst of World War II, so they also set up a small Victory Garden in an empty plot in the Bronx.
World War II takes its toll on the Delanys in a variety of ways. There are the little things, like the sugar shortage, which is like "a living hell" for Sadie and Bessie (6.27.5).
But there are bigger things too. While serving overseas, Manross saves the life of a white soldier, who tells him to visit his family in North Carolina. When he does, however, the kid's parents refuse to open the door.
Their nephew has a similar experience while attending boot camp in the South. He is arrested after talking back to "some white sergeant," and the experience breaks "his health and spirit" (6.27.12).
The war ends and the sisters make an important decision—they're moving to Harlem. They buy a house next to their garden and even have a porch installed! That's some good Southern style, if you ask us.
As Nanny ages, she becomes more and more absentminded. The sisters decide that one of them should stay home and care for her.