Tess called her ex-boyfriend Tim, who'd brought Vivienne/Beth with him to the party the night before, and he explained that Vivienne would be busy all day.
"Busy doing what?"
"I don't know, Tess. She's a photographer, I guess she works on that."
"Well, I mean, how long have you known her? Have you been to her studio?"
"I just met her, actually. I think she works out of her apartment. Why?"
Tess explained about meeting Molly, and Molly thinking that her missing mom was in Philadelphia.
"God, you know what? There's something really strange about Vivienne, like very secretive. And she doesn't know anyone here, she just moved here. I met her from talking to her at the coffee shop I go to, she started going there every night like a month ago, and she told me she likes to go there because it's one of the only places she knows how to find yet it the city."
"Which coffeehouse is it? Does she still go there a lot?"
"Yeah, almost every night. It's the one on Fairmount and 4th. Hey, if you and this girl are going tonight to see if Vivienne is this girl's mom, can I come with you?"
"Of course not, Tim. Jesus, this is someone's life!"
George, Richard and Molly found a neighborhood George had read an interesting article about in the New York Times, called Northern Liberties, and they walked listlessly up and down its streets all afternoon, each one commenting on the difference between this city and Los Angeles. In particular, they were unused to seeing long-abandoned, brick-built industrial buildings next door to nice houses, and the cemetery full of gravestones engraved only with Irish last names.
"I’m sorry, you two, I feel too anxious about Beth to absorb any of this," George said. Richard and Molly agreed. They walked around for awhile longer, but no one noticed the new buildings and trees and streets which surrounded them.
"What did you like about me when we first met?," he asked her on their wedding night, and she answered, "Um, you're handsome, and nice," and both of these were true, but she was also embarrassed for him, because she didn't really like anything, anything in the whole world sometimes, and she wasn't sure why she'd agreed to marry-- maybe just to see what it was like.
"I liked everything about you. I saw you looking around for that stray cat in the dirt, with your long black skirt dragging around in it and everything and I wanted to marry you immediately," he said.
"Shit, that's so touching," she replied, and she meant it.
She gave up trying to be equally responsible in their relationship almost right away, and when she agreed to get pregnant, he mistakenly took it as a sign that she was beginning to settle into her life with him, but this wasn't what she had in mind at all. She imagined how gratefully full she would feel to be responsible for a miracle, and that is what she planned for Molly to be. Molly would be a miracle, and would be all hers, or so she thought.