It's spring and Garp still hasn't finished his story. Jenny, on the other hand, has made a breakthrough and is finally satisfied with her work.
He's still seeing Charlotte. In fact, she even takes him to her personal physician—Doktor Thalhammer—after he catches gonorrhea from a frisky American student.
But then Charlotte disappears; the other working girls warn him that her "sex is sick" (6.16).
Charlotte has been staying at the Rudolfinerhaus, Vienna's only private hospital. But while she has enough money to afford a private room, things aren't looking good so far.
Garp visits her frequently. He tells a nurse that he's Charlotte's son, and Charlotte appreciates the gesture; she dies "a week later" (6.35).
Garp sees his first opera that night. He meets one of Charlotte's friends, named Tina, who tells him that Charlotte "bought Garp a favor" (6.44), but he politely refuses.
Garp has stopped writing to Helen altogether. When Helen sends Jenny a letter asking about Garp, Jenny sends back a copy of her autobiography—titled A Sexual Suspect—instead.
Finally, Garp sends Helen a letter telling her that he wants to marry her. Her response, more or less, is to "go stick it in [his] ear" (6.56). Garp responds that he has completed his story and that it will prove to her how serious he is.
Meanwhile, Jenny learns about a publisher named John Wolf, and she decides to send him A Sexual Suspect when she returns to the States. Garp sends Helen his story before they fly back home.
Next, we're shown the conclusion to the "The Pension Grillparzer."
It's the morning-after and the whole family is complaining to Theobald about their ordeals; the mystic and singer are sitting in the same spots, more or less.
One of men apologizes and tells Dad that their circus has been staying at the hotel because they married Theobald's sister.
Yes, they—apparentlyTheobald's sister is married to the mystic and the singer. Their circus has gone through hard times in recent years, but Theobald is too kind-hearted to throw them out.
Regardless, he needs a "B rating to attract more tourists" (6.115), so Theobald's sister is out front with the bear, hoping to attract some tourists herself.
On the way out, the family debates what rating to give the pension. Father, out of mercy, decides to give them their much-needed "B" rating.
Years pass and Johanna passes away. Oddly, Mom is now having the same dream repeated by the mystic all those year ago.
After his parents' death, the narrator decides to visit the Pension Grillparzer with his second wife.
Herr Theobald is dead, and all of the members of the circus have died, too—everyone, that is, except for Theobald's sister.
The bear was eventually banned from the inside after scaring away too many guests. He was sent to live in a cage and died "a short two months after he'd take up his new lodgings" (6.161).