Tristram makes his way back to England without much difficulty, and as he does, he evaluates what the British Army and the government are up to.
In Southampton, England, Tristram books a motel room for a few days, to wait out a terrible fever. He wants to make sure that when he arrives in London to face Derek and find Beatrice-Joanna, he's at full strength.
After his fever passes, Tristram realizes that he has just one month left of his contractual obligation to the army. He decides to wait it out.