Although the college administrators disapprove of Katherine’s views and teaching methods, they offer to extend her contract only if she will stick to a pre-approved curriculum. She refuses and resigns. Katherine also breaks off her relationship with Bill (Dominic West), the Italian teacher, when she discovers he lied about his past (he was never stationed in Italy during the war). Joan (Julia Stiles) is accepted to Yale Law School but, under pressure from her family and fiance, declines the offer of admission. Her fiance convinces her to elope. Betty (Kirstin Dunst) gets married, but soon discovers that her husband is cheating on her. She leaves him and moves to New York with Giselle (Maggie Gyllenhaal) with whom she is now friends. Connie (Ginnifer Goodwin), the rather plain girl who thinks she’ll never be loved, gets together with the guy who dated her. She mistakenly thought he was only using her, but he loves her.