Francie then follows Neeley and his friends to the baseball lot, even though they don't want her along. On the way to the field, the boys stop to harass a Jewish boy. He is ultimately amazed that they thought him mature enough to be interested in girls. After he leaves, Neeley says that the kid is a "white Jew," although his friends don't believe such a thing exists. The boys then begin to harass another little boy selling pretzels, but his mother yells out the window, intimidating them.

After watching the boys play for awhile, Francie walks back to the library, where the librarian should be returning from lunch.

Although the library is small and shabby, Francie thinks it looks beautiful. She loves to read, and wants to read all the books in the world, in alphabetical order. She is in the B's right now. She treats herself on Saturdays to a book outside of the sequence, asking the librarian for a recommendation. In the library, Francie loves looking at the brown jug holds different greenery for different seasons; now it holds nasturtiums, signifying summertime. She dreams to one day have a brown bowl with flowers and lots of books.

The librarian hates children and recommends the same two books every Saturday. This time she recommends If I Were King, by McCarthy. Francie takes this and a book by Brown home. She prepares her peppermints in a bowl, and a cup of ice water and sits out on the fire escape in the middle of the trees to read. It is a sunny afternoon, and the boy who usually plays downstairs is away. He plays a game of graveyard, where he digs holes for live insects and accompanies the ceremonies with fake sobbing. Francie is glad to find him gone. Francie loves her story and dreams of owning a real book.

While on the fire escape, she observes her neighbors in the windows. Mr. Fraber's horse and wagon comes home eventually, driven by Frank, a nice young man who all the girls love. The small maroon wagon is an advertisement for Dr. Fraber's dentistry practice, and Frank's job is to drive slowly through the streets, pulling this moving billboard. Frank begins to clean the horse, Bob, with great care.

Flossie Gaddis, who lives beneath the Nolans, comes out to flirt with Frank, who is uninterested, and refuses to go out with her. Francie feels sorry for Flossie, and contrasts her with Francie's Aunt Evy, who is more successful chasing after men.