This is Bert—and no, she didn’t just have another baby. That’s Jimmy on her lap, and he belongs to Bud and Mickey, who have been swell enough to share their Casper bungalow with Walt and Bert until they get on their feet.
Bud and Mickey? They’re salt of the earth. And very conventional, which has been a real kick to be around. Neither Walt nor Bert experienced anything approximating a conventional upbringing, so they take great interest in the functioning mechanics of a young family.
Proper bed times and aprons and a kitchen wafting the smells of Bud’s hearty Swedish ancestry, Bert is appreciative of her surroundings — but Christ, she’s eager to go off alone and fall into a book.