Barbara longs for purpose and recognition in this life and in her own right without relying on her husbands writing career.
Earl's book is rejected. Earl is reluctant to accept financial help from Barbara but eventually Barbara arranges with her father for a joint bank account with Earl.
Barbara becomes chairman of the Art Resources Committee of the League of Women Voters.
Earl offers and takes back the freedom to choose where they live and asks Barbara to accept that the gamble has been taken to try to make life work in their home in the country.