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Esther hangs around Lenny's very masculine apartment until it becomes clear that she is in the way of a relationship between Lenny and Doreen. Then she lets herself out of the apartment and walks drunkenly back to the hotel. Back in her room, she is appalled at how "wrinkled and used up" she looks. The silence depresses her. She remembers her quasi-boyfriend Buddy Willard, who is at a tuberculosis sanitarium. Overwhelmed by negative feelings, Esther takes a hot bath. She emerges feeling purified and reborn.
Esther is wakened by Doreen, who is dead drunk and vomiting outside her room. When Doreen passes out, Esther lowers her to the floor and goes back to bed. In the morning, the hall carpet has been cleaned and Doreen is nowhere in sight.
As Esther struggles to define a new feminine identity, the themes of transformation and rebirth emerge: