There are two upcoming important events: the novices are approaching their rededication ceremony, and the Reverend Mother is attending a conference in Chicago. With the latter, she can take one travel companion, and all the sisters do extra things for the Reverend Mother in hopes that that will sway the Reverend Mother's decision in her favor. Sister Bertrille is especially hopeful as she went to school there, and desperately wants to see it again. The Reverend Mother even believes that she would be the appropriate choice, however as Chicago is the Windy City, it is too much of a risk for Sister Bertrille to go. She is sad enough about that, but it makes her realize that she needs to be able to control her flying more so than she is able, especially with the upcoming rededication ceremony with the Mother General in attendance. Consulting an aeronautical engineer, she learns that all she needs to do is to gain five pounds to ground herself. So she embarks on an eating binge. Having ...