Here Bert and Dondi stand in front of their two-bit Dumas Texas apartment complex, which served a previous life as a two-bit motel complex.
Bert isn’t about to plaster a smile on her face for anyone. The deal is, in between Casper Wyoming and Dumas Texas, Walt and Bert and Dondi followed a refinery job to Toledo Ohio and lived in a progression of situations best described as worse, worst, and worser still. Bert is beginning to lose the thread that separated her life with Walt from her transient youth.
Dondi, on the other hand, is ever sunny. Even though every hop across town, or larger leap over state lines, requires a new school for Dondi, she is learning to combat this unbearable loneliness by embracing each new move — because at least it deposits her farther away from the last bit of heartache.