The final episode occurs seven years after the war. Dexter is now a very successful businessperson in New York City. Devlin, a business acquaintance from Detroit, makes small talk by remarking that one of his best friends in Detroit, at whose wedding Devlin ushered, was married to a woman from Dexter’s hometown. At the mention of Judy’s name, Dexter pumps Devlin for more information and learns that Judy’s life has become an unfortunate one indeed—her husband drinks and runs around with other women while she stays at home with the children. Worst of all, though, is the fact that she has lost her beauty. When Devlin leaves, Dexter weeps, not so much for the fact that Judy’s physical beauty has faded, but that something spiritual within him has been lost: his illusion, his youth, his winter dream.
I love the rhythm of running and the feeling I sometimes get that I’m gliding effortlessly through the air. It’s almost like flying. But the thing I love best is that running has taught me that I can do things I never thought I could. When I started, I could hardly run for one minute. Now, my first marathon is a week and a half away, and I’m considering what my next goal will be. It’s going to be big, whatever it is, because running has showed me that while my mind may try to box me in, my legs break me out into an infinite space I can’t wait to explore.
During Dexter’s once anticipated but ultimately disappointing golf outing with T. A. Hedrick, golf balls, in the hands of Judy Jones, become an emblem of aggression. Judy’s ball hits Mr. Hedrick in the stomach, and her obliviousness, whether feigned or genuine, serves only to further characterize her as a self-centered brat. Although there is little threat of real physical violence in this genteel, upper-class world, the incident suggests that aggression lurks just beneath the surface. Although Judy embodies the light, almost hedonist spirit that would eventually characterize the age, Fitzgerald reminds us in this episode that beneath the fun and leisure, real harm can be done. Judy’s errant ball foreshadows the more potent emotional damage she imparts in trifling with Dexter’s and her other admirers’ affections.