Denver explains that he is anxious about returning to Red River Parish and the memories that linger there. As they are driving, they find Denver’s old shack, the one he’d once been proud to live in. Now, it looks like nothing more than a tool shed to Denver: “When Mr. Ron asked could he take some pictures of me in front of that shack, I let him. But I only smiled on the outside.”
Denver’s ignorance of the way that the rest of the world worked and lived during his sharecropping years made his little shack seem perfectly fine to him at the time. This exemplifies the way in which the Man kept Denver subdued through ignorance, by keeping him from realizing that the world was different elsewhere.