Study Guide

Tender is the Night Book Three, Chapter Three

By F. Scott Fitzgerald

Book Three, Chapter Three

  • A week later, back at the clinic, there is rigmarole. The parents of one of Dick's patients are mad and removing their son from the clinic.
  • The son had told his parents that he had smelled booze on Dick’s breath a few times, and the father was furious because the son was supposed to be getting over his alcoholism there.
  • Dick says the son was in for kleptomania, not alcoholism, but the father insists that alcohol is the root cause of his son’s problems.
  • After they leave, Dick decides he is in fact drinking a bit too much, out of habit, and makes a plan to cut it to half.
  • When Franz gets back they discuss it, and Franz, seizing the opportunity, tells Dick he want to buy him out.
  • Dick accepts, knowing, sadly, that he hasn’t been fit to practice in some time.

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