Ron continues his narration. Ron and Denver begin discussing the idea of writing down their story together, but Ron feels as if he needs to see Denver’s homeland for himself to truly understand. Together, they drive back to Red River Parish, seeing many of the cotton fields still standing but without black workers in them. Denver almost seems to have a fondness for the fields, despite the oppression he felt and witnessed in them. Ron takes a picture of Denver kneeling in the soil of a field in designer sunglasses, “looking about as much like a former cotton-picker as Sidney Poitier.”
Although Denver understands that he was oppressed by the Man, in his retrospective narrative, he never hates the Man, instead viewing him as yet another human being trying to make a living. Denver’s own compassion for his former oppressors is both surprising and inspiring, proof of the tremendous depths of his own compassion and the caliber of his character.