Titus drives Violet home, making a show of being “quietly angry.” The two of them start to chat, and Violet asks what Titus is angry about. Titus suggests that Violet shouldn’t show off by using big words, and Violet becomes angry.
Titus appears to be taking Calista’s side, accusing Violet of being pretentious.
Suddenly, Violet explains what’s really been going on: her feed is malfunctioning. She’s been going to technicians, but nobody can fix her feed, partly because she got her feed unusually late in life. Titus isn’t sure what to do, and decides to put his arm around her, even though she doesn’t look very “huggable.” Violet says that there’s a chance her feed will begin shutting down her brain functions.
Violet is clearly going through a rough time, and will continue to have major health risks for the foreseeable future. Even so, Titus is so superficial and wrapped up in his own instant gratification that he can’t look past the fact that Violet looks“un-huggable.”
Suddenly, Violet cries, “I want to feel something, then adds, “Let’s feel vertigo.” Titus agrees, and turns off his upcar, so that they drop out of the sky. Breathing hard from the drop, Titus turns to Violet and says, “Let’s go to my house.”
Both Violet and Titus are hungry to have a real, exhilarating experience—they want to break out of their own apathy and ennui.