Pages 111-140 Summary

It is 1953. Mary Adare is thinking about robots, but she is concerned that beet sugar, the current craze in Argus, is unhealthy. Russell Kashpaw was wounded in Korea but is finally home, though he drinks too much and is depressed. Sita is frustrated that her husband’s restaurant, The Poopdeck, serves the kind of food people in Argus like; Sita wants to create a four-star restaurant and the couple fights constantly. Sita “remains toothpick thin and sour,” spending so much time on her appearance that she “ends up looking stuffed and preserved.”

Over the past few years, Mary has grown “more unshakable in deed and word.” She avidly practices organic gardening. Wallace Pfef visits the butcher shop and gives...

(The entire section is 502 words.)