Therese hops into Carol's car and Carol drives them to her home in New Jersey.
Carol goes to get Therese a coke, and Therese looks around a bit.
She spots a picture of Carol and a small girl. Carol has a daughter.
They talk a bit about Therese's department store job, then Carol asks Therese to play piano for her.
Therese plays piano, and she gets overwhelmed that she's tickling Carol's ivories. Her fingers are touching the same keys Carol has touched. Swoon.
No, really—she almost faints and Carol leads her upstairs to take a nap.
Therese asks for some hot milk, which Carol brings her.
Therese thinks it's delicious. "The milk seemed to taste of bone and blood, of warm flesh, or hair, saltless as chalk yet alive as a growing embryo" (6.82). If there's ever been a reason to go vegan, this description of milk is it.
Carol asks Therese about her family, and Therese tells us that her father died, and when her mother remarried, Therese went to go live in a Home, with a capital H, because she didn't like her mother's new husband.
The telephone rings, and Carol answers. It's Harge, her husband.
He and Carol seem to be going through a divorce, and he's swinging by to pick up some things.
Therese offers to leave, but Carol tells her to stay.
Therese meets Harge when he arrives, then he and Carol talk a bit about Rindy, their daughter.
After he leaves, Carol takes Therese to the train station instead of driving her home.
Therese asks if she will see Carol again, and Carol smiles. We think that's a yes.