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Summary Johnny has begun to drink even more. When he is inebriated, he becomes quieter, walks straighter, and grows more pensive. Francie hates his drunkenness and thinks of him as a stranger during these periods. When he is not drinking, Johnny realizes that he should be a better father; therefore, he tries to pay them more attention, taking them out to different places. He wants to make sure that they see more of life than he did as a child.
Johnny continues to deteriorate, drinking even more. Francie hates it when he is drunk and thinks of him as a stranger. When he is sober, he is remorseful and tries to compensate by paying Francie and Neeley more attention. Katie merely tolerates Johnny's behavior and worries about the family's future.