Fat asks Rebecca to marry him before he goes to war, but she refuses. She cares for him, but doesn't feel that she is ready for marriage yet. Fat isn't happy with her answer. They quarrel. However, a talk with Max cools Fat down. Max convinces him that maybe he has been a little unfair to Rebecca. Education means a lot to her. He shouldn't blame her for wanting to finish high school and maybe go to university. Max understands the temptation to rush things in wartime. He knew a lot of boys in the last war who married their sweethearts before going off to war. Some of those marriages worked out. Some didn't. However most of the ones that worked out were between sweethearts who had known each other for a long time beforehand like Hub and Alice who have been seeing each other for almost four years. Fat makes up his quarrel with Rebecca before he leaves for the army. In 1940, Alice gives birth to a daughter whom she and Hub name Sylvia. With Hub’s agreement, Alice continues her studies in college. When she suggests quitting and getting a full time job, Hub points out that if anything happens to him in the war and she finds herself a widow, having a college science degree could make it easier to find a job that can support herself and their child. Working part time, going to school, and caring for a child is murderously hard for Alice, but, in 1942, she gets her degree. With good recommendations from her professors, she is able to get a decent job as a research chemist in a laboratory. That same year, Rebecca joins the CWACS and works as a secretary at Camp Valcartier.
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