Ron continues his narration. Denver arrives back on Ron’s doorstep, with a huge smile, truck in perfect condition. He hands Ron $400, since he slept in the truck and ate at gas stations, rather than in motels and restaurants. Ron tries to get Denver to keep the extra money, but Denver refuses, saying it was a blessing, not a job, and he can’t be paid. The trip teaches both of them to trust each other, and two weeks later, Ron sends Denver to Baton Rouge with a truck containing one million dollars’ worth of paintings.
Denver once again demonstrates his quality of character and love for Ron and Deborah when he refuses to accept the $400, even when freely given. Such a sum would easily be the largest windfall he’s ever received, and yet he chooses to refuse it so that the trip is a gift and a blessing, rather than a paid task. This event cements the trust between Denver and Ron, helping them both to see and treat each other as equals.