"Her blonde hair was part of an attempt to to start over and adopt a new persona, following her first suicide attempt in August of 1953." Plath, who had spent six months in psychiatric care following the suicide attempt, had seemed to improve greatly by the the summer of 1954. This period of time has been lovingly referred to by her biographers as her “platinum summer.”
I actually did show up that evening. I knew it would get crowded so I got there at 7:15. It was pouring outside. Watching through window, I saw a rainy California. I needed to know if the other California was warm and sunny. I decided to give myself one year.