In this part of the book, Frankie, Bernice, and John Henry are all playing cards on the table like they do every day after dinner. As they play, Frankie starts to talk about names, and she starts calling herself F. Jasmine. Bernice believes that Frankie is jealous of her brother and his new wife.
J A. Janice and Jarvis. Isn't that the strangest thing? Both their names begin with J A. If only my name was Jane or Jasmine. I wonder if it is against the law to change your name. Or add to it. Well, I don't care. F. Jasmine Addams.
Frankie went to the fair and watched the Freak House. She wondered if she will become a freak since she became so tall over the summer. She became worried that she would never get married because no one could love a freak like herself.
Will I become a freak?
Bernice told Frankie that her old alley cat was long gone, but Frankie refused to believe it.
He is almost pure Persian. But with short hair. A very lovely color of gray...He answers to the name of Charles....He might come if you call Charlina. My name is Miss F. Jasmine Addams and the adress is 124 Grove Street.
They going to send around here and tie you up and drag you off to Milledgeville. Them fat blue police chasing tomcats around alleys and hollering: Oh Charles oh come here, Charlina!
Frankie finds the town she lives in extremely boring, so she wants to live with her brother and his new wife in Winter Hill. In this scene, Frankie has already told Bernice that she is not coming back after the wedding, and she is now telling her father. Her father isn't listening to her though.
Papa, I think I ought to tell you now. I am not coming back after the wedding.
Frankie meets a solider at the Blue Moon, and for once in her life she isn't jealous. She did not envy the soldier even if he did come from California or New York. She feels a connection between the soldier and other strangers throughout the day. She feels that she needs to do things that she would have done if she was staying in town.
Tomorrow this brother of mine and his bride are marrying at Winter Hill. It gives me a funny feeling. After living in a this town all my whole life, to know that after tomorrow I'll never be back here any more.
What state do you come from, if I may ask?
Before the soldier answer Frankie's question, she pictured Hollywood, New York, and Maine. When the soldier answered, Frankie realized that out of all 48 states, Arkansas was one of the few that had ever appealed to her.