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Summary Laurie is a good baby, and Katie is able to return to work. Francie and Neeley also continue their work for McGarrity. While at the saloon, Francie listens to the men talking and tries to understand what they are saying. From eavesdropping, she learns about Prohibition, a woman's right to vote, airplanes, motion pictures, elections, and war.
After the birth of Laurie, things slowly return to normal in the Nolan household. Katie soon returns to work, showing her grit and resilience. The children also continue their jobs in order to contribute to the family's well being.
The author has very effectively pointed out the major changes taking place in the United States and beyond. She allows Francie to eavesdrop on the conversations of the men in McGarrity's saloon. As a result, she leans about women earning the right to vote, the government's desire to place a prohibition on alcohol, modern invention such as airplanes and motion pictures, and war.