Chapters 1, 2, and 3* Carol attends college in Minneapolis and wonders what to do with her future. * Although she receives a marriage proposal, Carol claims marriage is not for her. * Carol moves to Chicago and finds the Bohemian lifestyle she idolized is not for her. * Carol moves to St. Paul and works in the library for three years. * After meeting Dr. Kennicott, Carol gets engaged and moves to Gopher Prairie.
Chapters 4, 5, and 6* After observing the bleak state of Main Street, Carol questions her move. * The Clarks throw a party to welcome Carol to town. * Carol brings up elevated topics at the party, but the conversation remains dull. * Carol makes a close friend in Vida Sherwin. * After remodeling her house and discussing politics, Carol becomes the subject of gossip around town. * Carol hosts an exotic party with a Chinese theme. * The guests enjoy the party and it receives a glowing review...
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