In the chapter, Westover recalls events that took place during a September afternoon at Harvard University. “It was a sunny September afternoon when I heaved my suitcase through Harvard Yard” (297). She went straight to her room with her suitcase and began to read, Rousseau, Hume, Wollstonecraft, Mill and Smith, Godwin (Westover 297). She got lost in the reading as she tried to understand how the philosophers managed to solve the problems they had identified in the world around them. When she went back to her sketching class, she received an email from her mother telling her that they were coming to Harvard to visit her as they missed her. Westover read the line three times thinking that her mother was joking. She was surprised that her father would fly all the way across the country to see her. He had never visited another state besides Arizona to visit his mother.