While this chapter continues the discussion of Barbara and Robert’s career as a professional dance team, it is devoted primarily to the intricacies of their often turbulent love affair. Abruptly discharged from the sanitarium for her unruly behavior, Barbara regularly experiences health fluctuations, continues drinking excessively, and is frequently unable to work. In need of money for herself and Robert, she turns to Alex Sandberg, an older, wealthy man, and a clandestine relationship develops between them. As Barbara edges closer to another breakdown, she and Robert depart for the West Coast, first to her parents’ home in Oregon to salvage Barbara’s health, then to Oakland to resume their dancing career. A great portion of the chapter’s events and quotes have been gleaned directly from Barbara’s private diary.
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