The Pruitt family prepares to go see the showboat show and dance.
Calinda and Delphine dress up Cass and Tilly in Delphine's clothes and put combs in Mama's hair.
On the showboat, they listen to music, see a play about Abe Lincoln, and watch a minstrel show.
When the stage is cleared for dancing, Noah waltzes with Delphine while Dr. Hutchings dances with Tilly.
One of the fiddlers recognizes Calinda from New Orleans and convinces her to dance the Calinda. See, as it turns out, Calinda's real name is CoinCoin, but she earned herself a nickname by being the best Calinda dancer in New Orleans.
At the end of the chapter, we skip to September, when Noah leaves for the war the day after his and Tilly's 16th birthday.