As Detroit crumbles, all the white people move out, including Calliope's family.
Thanks to the windfall of insurance money, Milton is able to buy a house on Middlesex Boulevard with cash. The whole family moves in: Milton, Tessie, Calliope, Chapter Eleven, Desdemona, Lefty, and Alice the maid. Oops, sorry, we got confused with the Brady Bunch.
Calliope's youth is punctuated by two events: her regular walks with her mute grandfather, and her first experimental kiss with her neighbor Clementine Stark. The walks are good. So is the kiss.
The Starks move away after Clementine's father dies.
Around the same time, Lefty has one final debilitating stroke. He starts to regress, traveling backward in time, until one day he calls Desdemona "sis" (3.3.128).
When Lefty finally dies, Desdemona goes to bed and "For the next ten years, except for a bath every Friday, she never got out again" (3.3.138).