Denver picks up his narration. Deborah invites Denver to a Christian wilderness retreat and constantly encourages him to go, but Denver is resistant. However, Deborah insists, saying, “Denver, you are going with me to the retreat, and I don’t want to hear you say anything else about it.” On the day of the retreat, Deborah drives her car to the mission and spots Denver, telling him he must come with. There are four other white women in the car and Denver is fearful, but he finally relents.
Deborah’s forcefulness would normally drive Denver away or cause him to fight, had she not shown him love and kindness at every other step. Denver’s willingness to at least hear Deborah out suggests that the love she shows him has a powerful effect on him, giving him more patience for her than he would show for any other human being.