In the next few chapters she details her relationship with Muriel, a schizophrenic white lesbian. Muriel used to work the same job as her, and "wrote poetry," a euphemism for being a lesbian that is used for a few chapters. Much of their relationship was sustained through poetry and literature, both things they wrote or things they borrowed or stole to share. She also reflects on a terrible job she had as a "secretary" to an insufferable female accountant. As her relationship with Muriel gets more and more serious, the job becomes the worst part of her life, and the chapter culminates in her being fired for trying to take off to spend a day with her lover.
Lorde's former roommate, Rhea, was a progressive white woman who liked having affairs with men in her political circle and tried to pretend she didn't know her roommate was gay. Audre would have parties with her lesbian friends while Rhea was out with a man, and apparently didn't tell Rhea about them. Though Rhea was progressive, she frequently said that gay rights were not part of the political movement, which seemed to have a big effect on alienating Audre from the progressive movement. Rhea decides to move out to pursue a political job in Chicago, and shortly before leaving discovers Audre and Muriel in bed together. She cries over this, and Audre wonders if she is crying for the fact that Audre is gay, or the fact that her gay roommate is happier in love than her.
The next chapter revolves around the different intersectionalities of Muriel and Audre. Audre is Black and lesbian, Muriel is mentally disabled and a lesbian. Muriel insists that all lesbians are "niggers" for how they are treated by mainstream society. Audre demonstrates through her narration that she doesn't agree with this, but doesn't argue because she can understand why Muriel thinks that. Audre also seems to let Muriel have her way in arguments because she doesn't want to upset her schizophrenia, which I feel has some problematic elements to it. Audre sees some of the "gaps" forming in the relationship, but her joy at being in love and living with a lover make her want to insist that love will fix everything wrong in their lives.
In the last chapter of the excerpt, a mutual friend of Audre and Muriel's came to live with them, Lynn. After some time and much discussing, they decide to attempt a polyamorous relationship. Audre talks about how revolutionary they felt about this since no one talked or wrote about it. They had to establish their own rules and boundaries with nothing to guide them. Eventually, though it was never spoken about, everyone came to realize that Lynn was just the visitor, the guest star in a threesome as opposed to an equal participant in a triad. The chapter ends with Audre and Muriel coming home to find that Lynn had left and taken their entire savings and the house keys with her.