Chapter 14 Summary
Yogi looks around at the customers filling the beanery. He sees white men, white women, and Indian men, but he sees no Indian women. He wonders what has happened to the “squaws” until the door opens and an Indian woman, naked except for a pair of moccasins, enters with a papoose on her back and a husky dog beside her. The owner shouts at her to leave. The Black cook forcibly makes her leave. Scripps, who is also present, speculates at to what might have happened if she had stayed. The Indians watch all this impassively. Yogi had been unable to move. The women had covered their faces when the squaw entered. Scripps felt faint and shaken, but something inside him stirred with a primordial feeling. One customer, a "drummer" (salesman), wonders where she came from, and the little Indian explains that she is his wife. Scripps asks him if he cannot keep her clothed. The little Indian explains that she does not like clothes.
Yogi is not listening. He has a feeling of desire for a woman that he thought had been lost to him forever. He thinks what would have happened if he had not come to the beanery, seen the naked woman, and returned to “normal.” He had been on the verge of suicide, and he realizes that would have been a mistake. He is ready for spring to come now.
Yogi turns to the two Indians and wants to tell them about something that happened to him in Paris. He had been walking along the avenue when a car passed. A woman leaned out, called to him, and took him home with her, where they made love. Afterward, someone showed him out by a different door and the woman said she could never see him again. He tried to get the number of the mansion, but it was not numbered and the mansions all looked the same. After that, he spent his entire leave looking for the woman. A few times he thought he saw her, but he could not find her. On his last night of leave, he hired a guide to show him around. The guide managed to take him to the mansion, where the lady was entertaining a British soldier. Since then, Yogi has never wanted a woman. Now, since the entrance of the naked Indian woman, he is “cured.” When he finishes his story, he leaves the beanery. The Indians wonder about him, whether he was really in the war or not.
Scripps and his wife are sitting at the other end of the beanery bar. Mrs. Scripps now knows that she cannot hold onto her husband. Mandy is talking to him now. The little Indian looks out the window into the night and suddenly rushes outside. The tall Indian watches him, finishes his meal leisurely, and then also leaves.